After missing the final 98 games of the 2009 season, Gee returned to the mound with an absolute gem on Sunday afternoon to lead the Bisons to victory at PNC Field. The 23-year old allowed just two hits in six shutout innings as the Bisons completed a series win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees with a 4-1 decision.
Gee was out of action after May last season, sidelined with a right shoulder strain. Instead of surgery, Gee decided to rehab the injury at the Mets' spring training home in Port St. Lucie, FL. Ten months later, the decision proved to be the right one.
Gee struck out four and didn't walk a batter. He retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced and prevented the Yankees from reaching third base. Only David Winfree, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's right fielder, managed to collect a hit in six frames off of Gee.
The Bisons' offense did its part to make Gee feel comfortable. Before Gee even stepped on the mound, Mike Hessman gave him a three-run lead to work with. After walks by Jason Pridie and Ike Davis, Hessman launched another gigantic home run to left field.
Hessman, who finished the game 3-4 with a pair of singles as well, also homered in Saturday afternoon's victory. The minor leagues active home run leader now has 313 home runs in his career.
The Bisons tacked on an insurance run in the ninth inning as Ike Davis doubled to center and later scored on a ground out by Mike Cervenak.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got on the scoreboard in the seventh inning against Herd reliever Adam Pettyjohn. The Yanks greeted the southpaw with a double and a single on the first two pitches he threw in relief. Pettyjohn recovered to limit the damage to one by retiring the next three batters.
Bobby Parnell got the Bisons out of a jam in the eighth inning and stayed on in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
The Bisons now head to Syracuse for a two-game series against the Chiefs. Buffalo's Home Opener is on Wednesday afternoon against Pawtucket.
BISONS NOTES: Sunday's game was the only game in the series that was decided by more than one run...The Bisons won three of four games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to open the season. It was their first four-game series victory since they took three of four from the Red Barons on April 27-30, 1998...Ike Davis had a walk and a double. He reached base safely at least twice in all four games of the series.