Jeremy Beasley is establishing a positive trend in his starts and relief appearances with the Inland Empire 66ers of the Advanced A California League. Give him the ball and he will give you five solid innings. In his third straight appearance at Rancho Cucamonga Jeremy threw five innings as the 66ers rallied with a three-run seventh to beat the Quakes 6-5. Inland Empire improves to 30-32 and the 66ers are in second place in the Southern Division, just one game behind 31-31 Lake Elsinore.
Jeremy allowed four earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks. The outing raised his 66er ERA from 1.50 to 2.74 as he took a no decision and remained at 1-1 with a mighty fine 1.26 WHIP. With more innings pitched in the California League Beasley would have the fifth lowest ERA and would be tied for ninth in walks and hits per innings pitched.
Beasley’s highlights included retiring the first seven batters in a row. In the first inning he induced three straight grounders to his shortstop Roberto Baldoquin on 16 pitches. In the second- on 11 pitches- Jeremy rolled through the middle of the Rancho order retiring the Quakes three-up, three-down on a pop up to first, a strike three looking and a ground out to third base.
Jeremy opened the third with a three-pitch strikeout of Cody Thomas (batting .270) and the final pitch was a swing and a miss. The Quakes broke the run of seven straight Beasley outs with a soft liner to right field by Hamlet Marte- a .256 hitting catcher who has been playing pro ball since 2011 with seven different teams including a brief stint in the Double A Texas League.
Beasley hit a batter and then shortstop Gavin Lux, a first round draft choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016, stroked his 67th hit of the season to raise his batting average to .306. The liner to center field scored Marte. A ground out to short with a runner at third plated a second Quake run to make it a 2-2 game. Jeremy ended the inning and left a runner at third base with an 0-1 pitch fly ball to left field.
The bottom of the fourth began with a Logan Landon hitting his seventh homer of the season and the 22nd of his career. The shot to center field put Rancho up 3-2. The home run was the second allowed by Beasley since joining the 66ers, but it was only the second long ball yielded by the second year right-hander in 77 2/3 innings of pro ball.
Jeremy rebounded and retired the next three Quakes. He struck out Jeren Kendall- a first round pick by the Dodgers on three pitches. He worked the lefty with three perfect pitches- all on the edges of the strike zone. He got called strikes on the lower and outside part of the plate before blowing Kendall away on a swing and a miss on a toss at the top of the zone.
Connor Wong was the next Beasley strikeout victim. It took him six pitches to get Wong- a third round draft choice- on a called strike three. Cody Thomas- a .286 hitter from the University of Oklahoma- grounded out to second base on just one pitch which was in the lower part of the zone.
It looked like the fifth inning would be an easy three-up, three-down for Jeremy. Marte lined out to left field on two pitches. Zach McKinstry, a .338 hitter with two teams this season, grounding out to second base on a pitch in the lower part of the zone.
With two down Lux walked on a borderline pitch that many thought was in the strike zone. Rylan Bannon- who played college ball at Xavier walked on a 3-1 pitch that was also on the edge of the zone. Cristian Santana drove in his 40th run of the season with a single to center field. Lux scored on the base hit as Rancho took a 4-2 lead.
Jeremy’s final confrontation of the game was with Langdon and he retired the right-handed hitter, who has played in both Double A and Triple A, with an easy force out at second base on three pitches.
Center fielder Brandon Marsh, who played at Buford High School, sparked the seventh inning comeback. Marsh, who hit .559 in his senior season and was named Georgia’s Region 8-AAAA Player of the Year, drove in a run with a grounder and he reached on the force out and eventually scored the game winner on a ground out to third base by Jordan Zimmerman (Michigan State)- his 24th RBI of the season.
Rancho Cucamonga Bottom of the 1st
Gavin Lux grounds out sharply, shortstop Roberto Baldoquin to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Rylan Bannon grounds out, shortstop Roberto Baldoquin to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Cristian Santana grounds out, shortstop Roberto Baldoquin to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Rancho Cucamonga Bottom of the 2nd
Logan Landon pops out to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Jeren Kendall called out on strikes.
Connor Wong grounds out, third baseman Jordan Zimmerman to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Rancho Cucamonga Bottom of the 3rd
Cody Thomas strikes out swinging.
Hamlet Marte singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Jonah Todd.
Zach McKinstry hit by pitch. Hamlet Marte to 2nd.
Gavin Lux singles on a line drive to center fielder Brandon Marsh. Hamlet Marte scores. Zach McKinstry to 3rd. Gavin Lux to 2nd on the throw.
Rylan Bannon grounds out, shortstop Roberto Baldoquin to first baseman David MacKinnon. Zach McKinstry scores. Gavin Lux to 3rd.
Cristian Santana flies out to left fielder Jo Adell.
Rancho Cucamonga Bottom of the 4th
Logan Landon homers (7) on a fly ball to right center field.
Jeren Kendall strikes out swinging.
Connor Wong called out on strikes.
Cody Thomas grounds out, second baseman Jahmai Jones to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Rancho Cucamonga Bottom of the 5th
Hamlet Marte lines out sharply to left fielder Jo Adell.
Zach McKinstry grounds out, second baseman Jahmai Jones to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Gavin Lux walks.
Rylan Bannon walks. Gavin Lux to 2nd.
Cristian Santana singles on a ground ball to center fielder Brandon Marsh. Gavin Lux scores. Rylan Bannon to 3rd.
Logan Landon grounds into a force out, third baseman Jordan Zimmerman to second baseman Jahmai Jones. Cristian Santana out at 2nd.