PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Dillon Gee said the only thing he was going to take from Thursday's start against the Tigers was "how not to pitch." It's hard to argue with him.
Gee walked four, hit two, threw three wild pitches and allowed six runs in two innings in the Mets' 9-1 loss to Detroit at Tradition Field. He threw 29 balls, 23 strikes and had no explanation afterward.
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"Your guess is as good as mine what happened today, but we'll figure it out," Gee said. "I don't know what happened. It reminded me of 2011. My first loss, against the A's, I couldn't throw a strike. I walked like four or five guys. Some days I don't know what happens. I literally cannot throw the baseball anywhere I want it to go. It happens."
Asked if it was one pitch or another that abandoned him, Gee said: "All of them. Terrible."
Gee said he didn't want to remember this one, but his memory is solid, if not precise. On June 21, 2011, he walked six in a 7-3 loss to Oakland. He had won his first seven decisions.
"That's very uncharacteristic, what you saw today," manager Terry Collins said of Gee, who is coming back from July 10 surgery to remove a blood clot from an artery in his throwing shoulder. "No injury issues or anything else."
Extra basesThe sweepstakes for bullpen spots heated up as candidates LaTroy Hawkins, Greg Burke, Pedro Feliciano, Scott Rice and Robert Carson totaled 51/3 scoreless innings. Josh Edgin, though, allowed three runs (two earned) in 12/3 innings . . . Collins said former Yankee Aaron Laffey is going to be stretched out as a starter. The Mets need another option because of the uncertain status of Johan Santana.