Berg in Triple-A Debut

RHP Justin Berg suffered the loss in his Triple-A debut on Wednesday for the Iowa Cubs. Berg, recently promoted from Double-A Tennessee, tossed 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on four hits. He recorded one strikeout and walked two batters in a 4-2 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies.

In five starts spanning 28 1/3 innings with Tennessee this season, Berg was 0-3 with a 3.49 ERA – numbers that Smokies pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn said were not indicative of how Berg pitched with the club.

"He's throwing the ball well and he has matured a lot as a person," Lewallyn said.

The veteran pitching coach, who worked with Berg at Tennessee a season ago, said he offered the hurler one last piece of advice before he left the club for Iowa.

"I told him, ‘Don't change a thing. Throw strikes,'" recalled Lewallyn. "Part of throwing more strikes is concentration."

Berg threw 75 pitches on Wednesday, 45 strikes.

"He was the guy who probably was closest to being ready to compete at the Triple-A level, and that's why they took him," said Lewallyn.

A season ago, Berg was 7-7 with a 4.95 ERA in 140 innings with Tennessee. The Cubs acquired Berg from the New York Yankees in August, 2005, for OF Matt Lawton.

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