During the New York Mets 7-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, Mets starter Dillon Gee allowed four runs – three earned – on five hits and one walk over six innings of work:
Gee, who became the first Met starter to pitch at least 5 1/3 innings in each of his starts this year, fell to 4-5 with Friday night’s loss. The right hander fell victim to bad luck and bad defense in the top of the second inning when Jason Bay went crashing into the wall attempting to make a diving grab on a Jay Bruce liner into the corner. While Bay struggled to get to his feet, Bruce rounded the bases to record the second-ever inside-the-park homerun at Citi Field. The Reds added another run just two-batters later when Bay’s replacement, Scott Hairston committed an error allowing Todd Frazier to score from third. After retiring Wilson Valdez to start the top of the third inning, Gee plunked Reds first baseman Joey Votto. Brandon Phillips followed the hit-by-pitch with a two-run blast over the left-center field wall, extending the Cincinnati lead, 4-0. The 26-year-old would settle down, however, retiring the next ten batters he faced before exiting the game after six innings of work.
Following the loss, Gee told reporters his “lack of execution” hurt him:
The first inning I felt good, but the second and third inning I definitely had a lack of execution on a couple of pitches – that really hurt me in this game. Really I want to try and stay positive, and know I’ve been throwing the ball well, and hopefully I can carry the last three innings I had into my next start.”
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