A good measure of the hope for the Minnesota Twins in 2016 was predicated on Kyle Gibson taking the next step into being a solid, mid-rotation guy. A Kevin Tapani for millennials, if you will.
He has not been that.
Gibby, who may be setting the record for most five-inning, 100-pitch outings in a season, was unhelpful in Minnesota's effort to stretch their winning streak to two games, as the Chicago White Sox triumphed at Target Field, 6-4.
The Twins got off to a decent start, as Brian Dozier stroked yet another dong, this one a 3-run job, to give the Twins an early 3-1 lead.
And that's where the optimism ended.
Gibson immediately surrendered the lead, giving up a 2-run rocket to Todd Frazier to knot the game at 3-3. A double by Carlos Sanchez with two outs in the sixth gave the Sox the lead for good at 5-4 and ended Gibby's night. As you can tell by the final score, the Twins bullpen did NOT help matters much.
Two facts you need to know before everyone gets fired, cut, or traded after the 162nd game:
Via Mike Berardino, Gibby's last seven starts: 6.81 ERA, 39.2 IP, 58 H, 8 HR, 18 BB, 25 K. THIS IS NOT GOOD, KYLE.
Via LEN3: The Twins have given up 8 runs or more in 10 of their last 15 games.
ROBOT ROLL CALL
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Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, everybody.