Former Toombs County Bulldog Jeremy Beasley and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos always seem to be on a collision course and the Mobile BayBear right-hander normally wins the battle. Entering his May 20 start- at Pensacola- Jeremy had pitched 21 innings against the Wahoos in his two seasons in the Southern League and had allowed only four earned runs (1.71 ERA) and an amazing 20 of those innings against the Blue Wahoos have been shutout innings.
In this match up between the two rivals, separated by only 66 miles, Beasley earned a draw. He threw five innings and allowed four hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts and two walks and when he was pulled from the game the score was tied at 2.
In the very next inning- the sixth- the Mobile bullpen let the game slip away. A pair of two-out walks and and two singles gave the Wahoos a 4-2 win.
Jeremy was not involved in the decision, so he still has a 1-3 record with a now 4.54 ERA. He has struck out 39 batters and walked 19 in 35 2/3’s innings.
Three of Beasley’s five innings were shutout frames against Pensacola. So far this season 23-of-his-30 (76.7 %) complete innings have been shutout innings. For his career 129 of Jeremy’s 165 complete innings have been shutout innings for a percentage of 78.2%.
Jeremy had to deal with six batters in the first inning. A leadoff walk was followed by a strike out looking and a weak grounder to third base. A two-out single to first on a 1-1 pitch by Mitchell Kranson- a ninth round pick out the University of California- gave the Wahoos a 1-0 lead. A second walk in the inning put runners on first and second and then a liner off the bat of Ben Rortvedt (2nd round pick out of high school) to center fielder Brandon Marsh (Buford High School) ended the inning.
BayBear shortstop Erick Salcedo hit a solo homer to right field in the top of the second to tied the game at 1. In the bottom of the frame struck out Joe Cronin swinging on a 1-2 pitch and the next batter- Ernie De La Trinidad- hit a 2-1 pitch over the right field fence to put Pensacola back on top 2-1. A fly ball to center and a ground out to third base ended the inning.
Beasley faced four Blue Wahoos in the third inning and retired the first two on one pitch each. Jeremy fielded a soft grounder and the second pitch was fielded by the shortstop. Kranson came back to the plate for a second time and reached on an infield hit. A strikeout of Caleb Hamilton swinging closed the inning.
Three Wahoos came to the plate in the fourth inning. Rortvedt lined out to right field and Corbin reached on an infield hit near third base. A 4-6-3 double play finished off the 13-pitch frame.
Jeremy ended his eighth start of the season on a strong note. A ground out to second base, a fly ball to center and a strikeout swinging all happened on 12 pitches.