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Gee surrendered three homers, two to Ryan Howard, and departed after five innings with the Mets in a 6-1 hole. The Mets rallied to even the score in the ninth before Kevin Frandsen delivered a walk-off homer in the bottom half against Carlos Torres.
“It definitely stings to know that if I would have done just a little bit better, maybe we win this game,” Gee said. “Obviously this loss is totally on me, not anybody else.”
Howard is now 7-for-15 with six homers and 15 RBIs against Gee.
“That guy definitely has me,” Gee said. “It seems like no matter where I throw it, he hits it out of the ballpark.”
Said Terry Collins: “He knows Ryan Howard kills him. He just can’t give him balls to hit. You’ve really got to almost pitch around him and let somebody else beat you. Dan Warthen had said, ‘Hey, look, we talked about that before the game was over.’ This guy hit two homers on fastballs, and he shouldn’t be getting homers for strikes.”
Gee had produced a 1.53 ERA over his previous four starts. He noted the problem was bigger than Howard on Saturday.
“I had nothing today that I could command against a team that has had my number of late,” Gee said. “That’s just not a good combo. There really is nothing else to do but just pick up the pieces and try to start another good roll.”