PHILADELPHIA -- After having the shortest start of his major league career, Dillon Gee already was turning the page to his next opportunity: Sunday at Minnesota.
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"There's not a whole lot to say. A terrible night," Gee said after allowing seven runs, including three homers, in three innings Tuesday, in what became an 8-3 loss to the Phillies. "But you've got to move past it. I've had a bad outing before, but I've bounced back. And I'll do it again."
Gee departed on a double-switch for the bottom of the fourth, as Jordany Valdespin entered in left field for Lucas Duda. Terry Collins said he pulled Duda, despite his power potential, because he needed two innings from Greg Burke to further overtaxing the bullpen. The No. 9 spot in which Valdespin was inserted was due up second in the top of the fifth.
"It was quite obvious he didn't make any pitches when he needed to," Collins said. "A lot of balls were up in the zone. The replays even on the scoreboard, after he'd give up a hit they'd show the replay of it, I mean, he'd miss his target by two feet. He tried to go down and away to Mayberry and left it up and in for the home run. It's just one of those nights for him."
Said Gee: "Tonight, to be honest with you, I didn't feel that terrible. I was just living in the wrong part of the strike zone. Like I said, I don't know what else to say about it. Just forget about it. I've got another one Sunday."