The New York Mets right-hander will seek a better performance Tuesday night while trying to add to the Giants’ recent woes.
Gee (6-7, 4.45 ERA) is 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his last seven starts and has totaled 47 strikeouts and nine walks in 47 1-3 innings. He fanned seven and gave up two runs over seven innings Thursday against Arizona, but the Mets lost 5-4 in 15 innings.
Gee wasn’t nearly as effective against San Francisco on April 23, 2012, allowing seven runs and a career-high 12 hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 7-2 home loss. The Giants (40-48), though, don’t appear poised to duplicate that effort.
They enter this game having batted .197 during a 2-12 stretch and fell 4-3 in 16 innings in Monday’s series opener.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this. It’s unbelievable,” manager Terry Collins said of his team’s propensity for extra innings. “At least we’re used to it.”
Buster Posey had a career-high five hits for San Francisco, but Brandon Belt hitting .136 in his last five games, went 0 for 8 with five strikeouts. Pablo Sandoval is 4 for 47 (.085) in his last 12 contests, and Hunter Pence is 3 for 42 (.071) in his past 11.
“There’s frustration,” Pence said. “We want to stay as positive as we can right now. We’ve got to get it done. We’ve got to keep pushing to find a way to turn it around.”
Barry Zito (4-6, 4.44) will try to give his team a much-needed boost by snapping a three-game losing streak. The left-hander has given up two runs or fewer in three of his last four starts but only pitched four-plus innings in his latest outing, a 3-2 loss in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
“I put (the team) in a tough situation by only going four innings. My pitch count was high. I have to start getting more action in three pitches. I’ve got too deep in counts,” said Zito, who threw 88 pitches.
Zito allowed one run in that game but was tagged for seven in 4 1-3 frames in his most recent start against the Mets on Aug. 2, a 9-1 loss in San Francisco. He was 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in his previous seven matchups.
Pitching at home, though, has proved beneficial this season for Zito, who is 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 10 starts there. He’s 0-5 with a 9.38 ERA on the road.
Gee is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in his last four road starts after going 1-3 with a 9.97 ERA in his first five this year. The Mets have also won their past three games in San Francisco.
They haven’t won four in a row in the series since an eight-game run June 3-May 16, 2009. New York is also seeking its first three-game win streak since claiming a season-best five in a row May 26-30.