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Mets: A look back at Dillon Gee’s unique complete game history

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Dillon Gee #35 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on June 14, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Dillon Gee #35 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on June 14, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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During Dillon Gee’s time with the New York Mets, the righty hurler pitched three complete games. In an odd twist, none of them ended after nine innings.

Several weeks ago, former New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee announced his retirement from baseball. He hadn’t pitched for the Mets in a few years but hung around on major league rosters since leaving New York after 2015.

Gee’s New York career included a 40-37 record and a 4.03 ERA. He was everything you would want from a fourth or fifth starter, never quite staying healthy or productive enough to be more than that.

When I learned of Gee’s retirement, one interesting thing I came across was his unique complete game history. Three of his 110 starts ended with a “CG” on the stat sheet for Gee. However, none of them finished with 27 men retired.

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The first complete game took place in his first full season in 2011. A May 25th outing at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs ended after six and a half innings with the Mets leading 7-4. The overcast skies opened up too much before the Cubs could come to bat in the bottom half of the inning, helping Gee earn the first complete game of his career.

Gee went a year before throwing another complete game. In 2013, the best year of his MLB career, he managed to log a pair of them.

June 27, 2013 was the next time Gee pitched a complete game. This one, unfortunately, ended with a Freddie Freeman two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves. Gee made it 100 pitches before allowing any run to score. On the 101st pitch, Freeman walked it off with a Braves 2-1 win.

In the penultimate start of 2013, Gee threw another complete game. Once again on the road, this one took place against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The September 21st victory for Gee lasted just six and a half innings before the rain came. The Mets were leading 5-4 at the time, thanks in large part to a 4-run sixth inning.

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A complete game doesn’t always require a starter to go all nine frames. As we see with the trio of complete outings Gee managed to accumulate, it never did.

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