Posted at 4:36 PM on May 21, 2006
by Josh Lee
Saturday was a busy day for baseball. A.J. Pierzynski gave everyone what they've always wanted out of a White Sox-Cubs series when he ran over Michael Barrett at home plate and set off a good ol' fashioned bench-clearer. The Minnesota legislature passed a ballpark bill for the Twins that would fund the team's new home without a Hennepin County referendum. And some guy hit a home run; if you dig real deep on the major news sites, you can probably scrape up some information about it.
Today's big story, though, was Boooooooof Bonser's first major league start. Boof got to score his first run today, getting hit in by Joe Mauer after reaching on a Brewer error. That's nice, but runs by a pitcher are, like extra-base hits by Nick Punto, a novelty. Of more significance were Boof's eight strikeouts and the composure he showed after wriggling his way out of jams in the first two innings of the game.
Unfortunately for Boof and the Twins, this was a game played by National League rules, which means that even if you're throwing well with a reasonable pitch count, you're liable to be switched out for a hitting specialist, or at least for Rondell White. Even more unfortunately, Jesse Crain did not have nearly as good a day and gave up four runs in the bottom of the 7th, blowing Boof's potential first win and giving Milwaukee a 5-3 win.
Hopefully, though, quality starts by Boof won't turn out to be a novelty, and he'll be able to add a little more stability to Minnesota's rotation. It's important to have good starting pitching, especially for the Twins, but I'd mostly like this rotation to stick because it's really fun to say "Johan-Bradke-'Cisco-Baker-Bonser" out loud.