8/12 Growing pains for Berg
Rookie Justin Berg threw what Alan Trammell called the pitcher’s “third best pitch” to Pat Burrell in the eighth inning Wednesday night, and Burrell hit a game-winning homer off the curve. What happened?
“It was a pitch I wanted to throw, I guess,” Berg said. “It was supposed to be down in the dirt and I left it up and hung it. If I execute the pitch and it’s in the dirt, it’s a different outcome. If I go with my No. 1 pitch there and try to make him beat me, I guess that would’ve been the smartest thing to do.”
It’s part of the learning process.
“This is definitely a tough place to learn,” Berg said. “I think with a little more practice and more opportunities to get in good counts and throw pitches, it’ll help in the long run.”
Berg said he started throwing a curve when he was sent down to Triple-A Iowa. It should help once he can develop it.
“I like it, it’s a slower pitch and it fills the third spot,” he said. “I thought it was another pitch I’ll develop.”
In time, he will.
— Carrie Muskat