Tigers take advantage of Gee’s control problems
Dillon Gee couldn’t pinpoint the reason for his lack of
One thing he’s certain about, it’s not related to his
The Mets right-hander couldn’t find the plate Wednesday, giving
up six runs while walking four, hitting two batters and throwing
three wild pitches in New York’s 9-1 loss to the Detroit
”I don’t even want to think about it,” Gee said. ”All (my
pitches) were terrible.”
Gee had shoulder surgery to repair a damaged artery in July, but
he had been solid his first three outings, giving up just two
earned runs in nine innings going into Thursday.
Gee loaded the bases in the first on a pair of walks and a hit
batter. He then walked in a run and forced in another one by
plunking Matt Tuiasosopo.
Tuiasosopo made him pay the next inning, hitting a two-run homer
over the left field wall with Miguel Cabrera on base. Cabrera had
reached base with a two-run single.
Gee said he felt good all week and was pleased with his last
When asked what he learned from the outing, Gee said, ”How not
”I don’t know what happened,” Gee said. ”It reminded me of
2011, my first loss to the A’s. I couldn’t throw a strike, walked
four or five guys. Some days I don’t know what happens. I just
literally cannot throw the baseball anywhere I want it to go. I
don’t know what happens, but we’ll figure it out.”
Mets manager Terry Collins said the outing was ”very
uncharacteristic” of Gee.
”I asked (pitching coach) Dan (Warthen) if he was trying to
work on something in particular, and he just said he’s having a
real tough time finding his release point,” Collins said. ”It’s
an easy fix.
There’s no injury issues or anything else. I’ve watched this guy
pitch for four years, and I’ve never seen that, so I’m not too
concerned about it.”
Tigers starter Doug Fister, meanwhile, enjoyed his best outing
of the spring after giving up a combined nine runs in seven innings
spread over four previous appearances. He allowed just one run on
three hits with two walks and four strikeouts over four innings
Anthony Recker drove in the Mets’ only run on a single to right
in the second inning.
”Overall, I was pleased,” Fister said. ”There’s still a lot
of room for improvement. My sinker was all over the place today, so
it’s definitely been one of my focuses, getting it contained. I’m
still working on it. I felt better with everything else today. I
felt the curveball and changeup were coming along, and I’m figuring
out some things with my cutter.
”I felt like I threw some good (sinkers) during the day but I
just didn’t have quite the command I wanted to for the most
Tigers finished with 11 hits.
Cabrera and Tuiasosopo both went 2 for 4 with two runs scored,
combining for five RBIs. It was Cabrera’s first spring training
game since leaving to play with Venezuela in the World Baseball
Classic. He homered in one at-bat for the Tigers in an exhibition
against Florida Southern on Wednesday.
Tuiasosopo, in camp on a minor league deal, originally wasn’t
scheduled to start the game but replaced Prince Fielder, who was
scratched because of a flat tire on the way to the game. Manager
Jim Leyland said he has been impressed with Tuiasosopo.
”He started off slow, but he’s picked it up and done pretty
Leyland said. ”He’s slung the ball pretty good recently, and
he’s a versatile guy. He can also play the outfield, play first and
third, and he’s a right-handed bat, so he’s kind of an interesting
NOTES: Mets ace Johan Santana rested Thursday but will assess
whether he is ready to throw a bullpen session this weekend. He
hasn’t been on a mound in more than a week, and the Mets are
letting him dictate his schedule. . Collins said Daniel Murphy
(oblique strain) remains on track to play in a minor league game