In fact, Gee became the first Minnesota reliever to record at least nine outs since Adam Wilk logged 11 on May 21. Gee allowed just two hits, a pair of singles that chased him in the eighth, to go along with his four strikeouts.
"I told him I hadn't seen him pitch, so it was just a matter of time before he got an opportunity," Molitor said. "He gave us an idea on a piece that has been missing. A guy that can come in and eat some innings in those type of ballgames. He did a nice job."
But it was a scene that seemed improbable just a couple months ago.
The Rangers designated Gee for assignment on June 16 after he posted a 4.15 ERA in four outings. He then elected for free agency on June 18. Just a few days later, Minnesota claimed him and put Gee in the big league bullpen on June 22. However, after a few days of not being called upon, the club optioned him to Triple-A Rochester.
Gee stayed there for the entire month of July, where he posted a 2.00 ERA in five starts and awaited his next opportunity. It just so happened it came against his former teammates.
"I'm starting to face teams that released me a couple times now, so I can't have a grudge against everybody," Gee said. "It's just a business, it's just the way it goes. I just try to do well on whatever team I am on at the time."
Gee made sure to make the most of his first showing with the Twins, nonetheless. In his first test, Gee struck out Adrian Beltre with a four-seamer and then got Mike Napoli to swing through the same pitch to end the next at-bat.
In the sixth, Gee walked one batter and hit another before leaving a pair of runners at the corners. He cruised through the seventh, including an inning-ending strikeout of Napoli on a changeup. It matched his season high in strikeouts, as he recorded just 10 whiffs in four games with the Rangers.
But more than that, it was a welcoming sign for a club that has struggled on the mound for much of the year. Gee was the team's 30th pitcher used in 2017, which set a franchise record. And he showed promise in a role that has hindered the Twins this year -- long relief.
"I like it, I feel comfortable in it. It's a role you have to have," Gee said. "[Molitor] said that's my role and it will be nice to have a long guy. They haven't really had a guy down there to eat innings when you need it. Our relievers did awesome tonight, so that was nice to see."