Dillon Gee was trying to do something only one starter in franchise history had accomplished: win his first eight decisions of a season.
But Gee had no control, walked a career-high six batters -- the most batters he’s ever walked in a game during his professional baseball career -- and suffered his first loss of the year, 7-3, to the A’s on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
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“I don’t care about wins and losses, they come and go,” said Gee, who fell to 7-1 in 2011 after allowing four runs in four innings. “The frustrating part is, I really didn’t give us a chance.”
Gee lost for the first time since Sept. 30, 2010, against Milwaukee.
Gee’s previous high for walks in a major leauge game was four, which he did twice. He most recently issued four free passes on May 13 in Houston, when he received a no-decision in a game the Mets ultimately won, 6-4.
But Gee rebounded from there, winning his next five decisions to move to 7-0. And he might have made it 8-0 in his previous start if not for the rain, which shortened his outing in Atlanta to four innings.
But Gee’s streak met its demise Tuesday night.
Gee walked the first two batters he faced, and both came around to score. He then allowed four more walks in the third, and all of a sudden, the Mets trailed 4-0.
They rallied from that margin to win for Gee on May 13. But this time, it wasn’t meant to be. And Dwight Gooden remains the only Met to ever begin a season 8-0 with all his winning decisions coming as a starter. Doc did that in 1988.
“I’ve gotta come out and set a better tone for the game,” said Gee, who noted that he couldn’t locate his fastball or his curveball. “I just couldn’t find it and I couldn’t adjust. It’s frustrating, but it happens sometimes. There’s not a whole lot I can do about it.
“I couldn’t find the release point. I couldn’t find it out there. My bullpen was awesome. Just didn’t carry it over."
Terry Collins counted double-digit straight fastballs called by Ronny Paulino, and was disappointed with the pitch selection, even if the manager said it is ultimately the pitcher's responsibility to shake off calls.
“I couldn’t even throw a fastball for a strike, so I probably couldn’t throw a curveball over for a strike," Gee countered. "I threw two curves. Both were balls.”
The Mets had been 10-0 in Gee’s starts prior to Tuesday night. He will remain tied with Ron Darling (1984), Gooden (1985), Jason Isringhausen (1995) and Octavio Dotel (1999) in the Mets' rookie record books with a seven-game winning streak.
Gee’s four walks in the third were the most in one inning for a Mets pitcher since John Maine on May 15, 2010, at Florida.