Cubs’ Justin Berg’s Threw 12 Pitches, All Balls, Walked In Two Runs Last Night (Video)
If you thought Jo-Jo Reyes’ record-tying 28th start without a win was the most pitiful performance from a Major League Baseball mound yesterday, you were wrong.
That honor belongs to the Chicago Cubs’ Justin Berg, who came on in relief of Casey Coleman in the Top of the second inning, but only provided his teammates and Manager Mike Quade with more pain. In total, Berg threw 12 pitches, all balls. His first walk against Jason Bay loaded the bases, and the following two walked in both Josh Thole and Carlos Beltran. That gave the Mets the 6-4 lead. They added one more in the fifth inning to win the rain-shortened game 7-4 in seven innings.
Coleman received the loss, and rightfully so. While much of the blame could go to Berg, Coleman did allow seven hit and six earned runs (albeit two off Berg’s walks) in only 1 1/3 innings.
And now that we are talking about poor pitching performances from yesterday’s MLB action, we might as well mention the Indians’ Mitch Talbot, who gave up 12 hits and eight earned runs in only three innings against the Red Sox.
Here is a look at Justin Berg’s debacle.