Jeremy Beasley got some help from his outfield with two big throws in the first inning, pitched his way out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning and then dominated the next 3 2/3 innings as he pitched 5 2/3 shut out frames leading his Inland Empire 66ers to a 6-0 home shutout win over the Lancester JetHawks (Colorado Rockies affiliate) in the Advanced Class A California League.
Jeremy also pitched against Lancaster on May 28 and picked up a win in relief working five innings and allowing an earned run on six hits with 5 K’s and no walks. In his two matchups against the JetHawks he has minuscule 0.85 ERA allowing 12 hits with 11 whiffs and three walks.
Beasley continues to post a high percentage of shutout innings. This season 41-of-his-51 full innings have been shutout frames- that’s 80.39% and for his pro career it is 80.49% (66-of-82). Talk about consistency.
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In his longest outing of his professional career, Beasley threw 91 pitches, 58 for strikes and allowed six hits with six strike outs and three walks. Jeremy, who was promoted by the Los Angeles Angels on May 17 to the 66ers from the Class Midwest League Burlington Bees, is 2-1 in his new league with a 2.20 ERA. He has struck out 29 batters and walked only nine giving him a better than 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio. If Beasley were eligible to be included in the California League statistics (he hasn’t pitched enough innings) he would have the second lowest ERA in the entire league.
In 12 total games this season Beasley is 2-3 with a save and a 2.26 ERA. His WHIP is 1.18, teams are hitting .237 against him and he does have a 3-to-1 strikeout ratio on the button with 48 punch outs and just 16 walks.
“There’s not a huge difference between the Midwest league and the California League, but from what I’ve noticed hitters are definitely better, stronger, and faster,” Beasley said. “Hitters make adjustments faster and they also hit mistakes a lot more. So, like I’ve said this place is great for me because it’ll help me mature and get me ready for the next level.”
Beasley started the game allowing five singles in an inning and a third. But, he didn’t yield a run. Manuel Melendez opened the game with a single to center field on a 2-2 pitch. Vince Fernandez lined to center. Jo Adell caught the ball threw behind the runner at first for a double play.
“Lancaster is a very aggressive team and I knew that coming in,” Beasley said. “I also knew that they would match my intensity and tempo, so I had to mix up my timing. I honestly was just trying to give my team a chance to win so I did the best I could to get my team back into the dugout.”
Colton Welker, who played at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida which was the site of the school shooting on February 14, 2018, singled to center field. However, Welker ended the inning with his base running. Roberto Ramos lined a shot into right field and Buford High’s Brandon Marsh threw the ball to third erasing Welker.
Jeremy opened the second inning with his first strikeout sending Willie Abreu back to the dugout after a swing and a miss on a 1-2 pitch. Alan Trejo and Brian Serven each followed with base hits to center and left and then Jacob Bosiokovic walked on a 3-1 pitch to load the bases.
Beasley responded by ending the threat with a strikeout of Max George on a 3-2 pitch and then Melendez came back to the plate and he went down on a first pitch fly ball to center field. “I’ve been giving up more contact in this league, but honestly it’s a hitters league, so it’s definitely a great place to develop and mature as a pitcher,” Jeremy added. “I’ve been enjoying every minute of it because the organization believes in me enough to move me up. So I’ve been doing my best to limit the damage and just have fun.”
On the scoreboard Inland Empire staked Jeremy to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Adell hit a two-run homer to right center field. Adell went 1-for-2 and he now has 14 hits and three homers in his last seven games. The 66ers also tallied three runs in the fifth inning.
Having a lead and surviving the early game threats by Lancaster, Beasley took over, especially in the third inning, when he struck out the side. Down went both Vince Fernandez and Welker on three pitches and each was swinging and missing on strike three. Jeremy had a slightly longer dual with Ramos. He fell behind 2-0 and then roared back with a foul ball and two straight no contact swings.
The fourth inning began and ended with one-pitch fly balls to center and left and in between Jeremy induced a fly ball just shy of the warning track in left. It was a seven pitch frame and Beasley was on his best roll of the game retiring eight batters in a row. In his last outing he opened the game setting down seven straight.
In the fifth inning Bosiokovic walked on a 3-2 pitch, George dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to second base as the JetHawks were trying to come up with just some way to score a run off the former Toombs County Bulldog. Beasley for sure didn’t want that to happen. He loves to see the zero on the other side of the scoreboard. After a seven-pitch match up with Melendez, Jeremy punched him out with a swing and a miss K on a 2-2 pitch. On that play Bosiokovic stole third base. However, Ole Jacob never got to touch the plate as the right-hander retired Fernandez on one pitch with a fly ball to left.
Next was a new world for Jeremy. A chance to pitch six innings for the first time in his professional career. Really, no big deal for this warrior who once tossed 10 grueling innings in the second round of the GHSA AA State Playoffs at Cook County back in 2014.
Welker opened the sixth with a line drive single near the second base bag. Roberto Ramos grounded out to second and then Jeremy got the second out on a fly out to left. Alan Trejo walked on a 3-2 pitch bringing 66er manager Ryan Barba out of the dug out to make a pitching change.
Two Inland Empire relievers threw hit-less ball the rest of the way. Marc Brakeman, who pitched at Stanford, took care of 2 1/3 innings of the game and Eduardo Rivera handled the top of the ninth as the 66ers pulled to within a game of both Lake Elsinore and Rancho Cucamonga. All three teams are under .500 in the Southern Division. The two leaders are 33-34 while the 66ers are 32-35.
In his baseball travels Jeremy has lived in Albany (Darton College), Clemson, South Carolina, Arizona, Orem Utah, Burlington, Iowa and now San Bernarndino, California. “San Bernardino is definitely different from South Georgia, but honestly it’s a beautiful place, we draw nice crowds, there’s great food, and I’m playing for a great team and coaching staff so that always helps. I’m definitely extremely blessed to be here and I’m loving every minute of playing this game everyday,” Jeremy said 2,316 miles away from his hometown of Lyons.
Lancaster Top of the 1st
Manuel Melendez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Jo Adell.
Vince Fernandez lines into a double play, center fielder Jo Adell to first baseman David MacKinnon. Manuel Melendez doubled off 1st.
Colton Welker singles on a ground ball to center fielder Jo Adell.
Roberto Ramos singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Marsh. Colton Welker out at 3rd on the throw, right fielder Brandon Marsh to third baseman Jordan Zimmerman.
Lancaster Top of the 2nd
Willie Abreu strikes out swinging.
Alan Trejo singles on a fly ball to center fielder Jo Adell.
Brian Serven singles on a ground ball to left fielder Jonah Todd. Alan Trejo to 2nd.
Jacob Bosiokovic walks. Alan Trejo to 3rd. Brian Serven to 2nd.
Max George strikes out swinging.
Manuel Melendez lines out to center fielder Jo Adell.
Lancaster Top of the 3rd
Vince Fernandez strikes out swinging.
Colton Welker strikes out swinging.
Roberto Ramos strikes out swinging.
Lancaster Top of the 4th
Willie Abreu flies out to center fielder Jo Adell.
Alan Trejo lines out to left fielder Jonah Todd.
Brian Serven flies out to left fielder Jonah Todd.
Lancaster Top of the 5th
Jacob Bosiokovic walks.
Max George out on a sacrifice bunt to first baseman David MacKinnon. Jacob Bosiokovic to 2nd.
Manuel Melendez strikes out swinging. Jacob Bosiokovic steals (3) 3rd base.
Vince Fernandez flies out to left fielder Jonah Todd.
Lancaster Top of the 6th
Colton Welker singles on a line drive to second baseman Jahmai Jones.
Roberto Ramos grounds out, second baseman Jahmai Jones to first baseman David MacKinnon. Colton Welker to 2nd.
Willie Abreu flies out to left fielder Jonah Todd.
Alan Trejo walks.
Pitching Change: Marc Brakeman replaces Jeremy Beasley.