"It's definitely frustrating," Crain said of his outing. "It's frustrating for the team to get the loss after we were winning. And it's frustrating for Boof, who was in line for the win in his first start."Bonser impressed many on the Twins staff with the performance that he delivered. For his first Major League game, Bonser was able to hold down a difficult Brewers lineup that has challenged many.
"Bonser threw the ball fantastic and that was fun to watch," Gardenhire said. "His first start up here and we knew he would be a little nervous at the start, which he was. He misfired a little bit but once he got past that, he threw the ball super for us."The 24-year-old pitcher admitted earlier in the week that there would be some obvious nerves. It showed quite quickly in the first as Bonser allowed the first three baserunners on and gave up one run on a sac fly. "The first inning was crazy, I'm shocked you couldn't see my heart beating through my jersey," Bonser said. "But I got out of it and settled down from there." Bonser got a 3-1 lead, due in part to some defensive miscues by the Brewers. Bonser scored the Twins' first run after taking advantage of an error by shortstop Bill Hall in the third. After a groundout by Luis Castillo moved Bonser to second, he scored on a Joe Mauer single to center field. Two more Twins scored in the fourth when Tony Batista blasted a two-run shot over the left-field fence. It was the fifth home run of the year for Batista. Although the offense couldn't make a comeback and Gardenhire was flustered by the inability to pull out a win, there still was a sense throughout the Twins clubhouse that they accomplished something in the series victory this weekend. "You have to feel good after that," Torii Hunter said of the series win. "We came through with three rookies and won two of three." Now the Twins must figure out who gets the remaining starting slot. Liriano has already been guaranteed the slot on Friday, so it will come down to a decision of whether Carlos Silva will be ready to rejoin the rotation or if Bonser did enough to secure the start for himself. "I'd like to be in the rotation," Bonser said. "As long as I go out and do my job, I just have to let it fall wherever it's going to." Doing his job on Sunday didn't guarantee Bonser an automatic spot in the rotation, but he made a first impression that could pay off sooner than later. "I think in [pitching coach Rick Anderson's] eyes, he did [earn the starting spot]," Gardenhire said. "[Anderson] said, 'Well, there's our Saturday starter.' And he threw the ball good enough."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.