The month of July has been a dry one for the Mobile BayBears of the Double A Southern League. Entering a July 25th game at Mississippi (Atlanta Braves affiliate) Mobile had won only five games and the BayBears were on a 12-game losing streak. The minor league record is 19 straight losses by two teams from the rookie Pioneer League.
Jeremy Beasley was the scheduled starter on this 90 degree night and the BayBears hoped he would be the streak buster. After all Jeremy had already won a July game for Mobile. Back on July 9th he made his Southern League debut pitching five innings of three-hit, shutout ball at Pensacola. In Mississippi Beasley topped that performance by throwing seven innings of one-hit ball and with a solo home run by Brendon Sanger in the fifth inning the BayBears won 1-0 in a game which took only one hour and fifty-four minutes to play. The quickest game in Mississippi Brave history. Beasley struck out six Braves and walked only one. He evened his Southern League record to 2-2 while dropping his ERA by more than one full point down to 2.74.
“I told myself before the game if my team gave me one run that I was going to win the game,” Beasley said. “I came into the game and just competed to the best of my ability.”
Beasley pitched seven innings of one-hit ball twice as an amateur. In 2014, as a Toombs County Bulldog, he beat Bleckley County 7-1, in Cochran, in the first round of the GHSA State Tournament and in 2016, throwing for Darton at East Georgia, he won 7-0.
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And to top that for 5 2/3 innings Jeremy was pitching no-hit baseball. The Braves, who must have realized that Beasley was on his A-Game, tried two bunts early in the game. One went foul and the other was handled easily by Jeremy. The third bunt, by number nine hitter Ray-Patrick Didder, was placed perfectly down the third base line. Riley Unroe, who was playing even with the bag, charged and tried to make a bare-hand throw, but it was off the bag and late and the play was scored as an infield hit.
Another interesting twist to the game was the match up on the mound. Both Beasley and Kyle Wright, of the Braves, were drafted in 2017. Jeremy in the 30th round by the Los Angeles Angels and Wright was selected fifth overall in the first round by Atlanta and he signed for seven million dollars. But, yet on this night you couldn’t tell the difference between the two when it came to efficiency of pitches and stuff. Beasley threw 87 pitches and 57 were for strikes and Wright, who went eight innings, tossed 93 and 56 were in the zone. That is why the first seven innings of the game were played in one hour and 21 minutes. Wright yielded four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
“To me he was just another guy and he was the enemy just like every hitter, he is just another guy on the field to me, Beasley said about Wright. “I feel like every guy at the plate or on the mound is trying to take my job away from me, so I just pitch like it’s my last day.”
Beasley set the tone for the evening in the bottom of the first inning. He struck out Daniel Lockhart, who played at Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula, on three pitches- a foul ball and two swings. Then he fielded the bunt and he got the third out on a pop to the catcher. He started the second with another three pitch strikeout- all on swings. An error by the third baseman put a runner on first, but Jeremy picked him off and he also had a third three pitch strikeout on a called strike, a foul ball and a swing and a miss.
The third inning was very repetitive as Beasley set Mississippi down three-up, three-down on three pop ups to second baseman Jahmai Jones. He caught the first one in shallow center and the next two in shallow right.
In the fourth Beasley was ahead of Lockhart 1-2, but wound up walking him on a 3-2 pitch. No problem as the BayBear infield turned a 5-4-3 double play and then four pitches later Jeremy induced a fly ball to right for the third out.
It took Jeremy 19 pitches to get through the fifth inning. Travis Demeritte, a first round pick by the Texas Rangers out of Winder-Barrow High School, put up a nine-pitch battle, but he didn’t win, instead he flied out to left. Tyler Marlette lasted five pitches before grounding out to short and Brent Cumberland also stayed in the box for five pitches prior to making the final out on a line-out to first base.
In the sixth inning, with his no-hitter still going, Beasley retired the first two batters on a one-pitch ground out to second and a 3-2 strike out and then on the first pitch Didder, dropped his bunt down the third base side reaching on a hit, but he wound up at second base on a throwing error. A wild pitch moved the runner to third with the BayBears leading 1-0. Jeremy didn’t panic instead he grinded out a strikeout of Lockhart on a 2-2 pitch.
“I honestly knew about the no-hitter, but I really put it in the back of my head and all I could think about was winning that ball game. I took my own personal accolade out of the equation and knew that we needed a win.”
Beasley breezed through the seventh three-up, three-down on nine pitches. A ground out to short, a strikeout and a fly ball to right ended his fantastic night and the bullpen held the 1-0 lead.
Jeremy tossed seven more full scoreless innings. This season 68-of-his-89 full innings have been shutout frames- that’s 76.4% and for his pro career it is 78% (93-of-120).
This was Beasley’s fourth start in the Southern League and in 23 innings he has allowed 19 hits with 20 strikeouts and five walks. Teams are hitting .229 against him and his WHIP is 1.04. If he had pitched enough AA innings he would have the second best ERA in the Southern League and the fourth best WHIP.
“I haven’t made any adjustments,” Beasley said after taking two losses in his two prior starts. “I just went out there and competed like I do every game. I know that if I do everything to the best of my ability great things will happen. My success has come from the many failures I’ve had. So, I take the failures and take the positives out of them.”
Mississippi Bottom of the 1st
Daniel Lockhart strikes out swinging, catcher Jack Kruger to first baseman Sherman Johnson.
Alejandro Salazar bunt grounds out, pitcher Jeremy Beasley to first baseman Sherman Johnson.
Tyler Neslony pops out to catcher Jack Kruger in foul territory.
Mississippi Bottom of the 2nd
Travis Demeritte strikes out swinging.
Tyler Marlette reaches on a fielding error by third baseman Riley Unroe.
Brett Cumberland strikes out swinging.
With Carlos Martinez batting, Tyler Marlette picked off and caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Jeremy Beasley to first baseman Sherman Johnson to shortstop Roberto Baldoquin.
Mississippi Bottom of the 3rd
Carlos Martinez pops out to second baseman Jahmai Jones.
Brandon Downes pops out to second baseman Jahmai Jones.
Ray-Patrick Didder pops out to second baseman Jahmai Jones.
Mississippi Bottom of the 4th
Daniel Lockhart walks.
Alejandro Salazar grounds into a double play, third baseman Riley Unroe to second baseman Jahmai Jones to first baseman Sherman Johnson. Daniel Lockhart out at 2nd.
Tyler Neslony flies out to right fielder Brendon Sanger.
Mississippi Bottom of the 5th
Travis Demeritte flies out to left fielder Bo Way.
Tyler Marlette grounds out, shortstop Roberto Baldoquin to first baseman Sherman Johnson.
Brett Cumberland lines out sharply to first baseman Sherman Johnson.
Mississippi Bottom of the 6th
Carlos Martinez grounds out, second baseman Jahmai Jones to first baseman Sherman Johnson.
Brandon Downes strikes out swinging.
Ray-Patrick Didder singles on a bunt ground ball to third baseman Riley Unroe. Ray-Patrick Didder advances to 2nd, on a throwing error by third baseman Riley Unroe.
With Daniel Lockhart batting, wild pitch by Jeremy Beasley, Ray-Patrick Didder to 3rd.
Daniel Lockhart strikes out swinging.
Mississippi Bottom of the 7th
Alejandro Salazar grounds out, shortstop Roberto Baldoquin to first baseman Sherman Johnson.
Tyler Neslony strikes out swinging, catcher Jack Kruger to first baseman Sherman Johnson.
Travis Demeritte lines out to right fielder Brendon Sanger.
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