Dillon Gee acknowledged having nerves pitching before his entire family -- 45 minutes from his hometown of Cleburne, Texas. The right-hander also suggested he did not have his top control again Sunday, yet he improved to 8-1 on the season by limiting the Rangers to three runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings.
“I was still a little nervous coming into today,” Gee said. “It was really, really weird being here and pitching. I just tried my best to put it out of my head and go out there.”
Said Terry Collins: “Dillon Gee has proved that even on days he doesn’t have his best stuff he can win a ballgame for you.”
Gee benefited greatly from a solid play at shortstop by Jose Reyes, which ended a bases-loaded predicament and held the damage in the first inning to two runs. On a hard infield baked by the sun, Reyes slickly fielded a one-hop smash from Taylor Teagarden and threw to second base for a forceout.
“He hit that ball very hard,” Reyes said. “I was lucky to find it in my glove. That’s a big inning for them, so that was huge.”
“He definitely saved me there,” said Gee, who added about his pitching arsenal: “Not good stuff today.”