In their farewell season in Mobile, prior to a move to North Alabama, the Mobile BayBears have been drawing small crowds to Hank Aaron Stadium. On a mild Friday night in late June, with a first pitch temperature of 76 degrees and the promise of a big fireworks show after the game, former Toombs County Bulldog Jeremy Beasley started the game on the mound in front of 7,650 fans at Regions Field home of the Birmingham Barons.
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In the Double A Southern League game won by the Barons 4-3, six of the seven runs were scored in the first two innings. For Jeremy that meant giving up a pair of runs in each of the first two frames while the BayBears countered with a solo homer in each inning.
Jahmai Jones hit a 1-1 pitch over the center field fence for his fourth home run of the season in the first inning and Brandon Sandoval led off the second inning with homer to left- his second for the BayBears.
Jeremy pitched the final two innings- of his 14th start of the season- more like himself- they were scoreless. In four innings he allowed seven hits with four earned runs, six strikeouts and two walks. Beasley took a loss and he is 3-5 with a 4.02 ERA.
With his two shutout frames against Birmingham, this season 48-of-his-63 (76.2 %) complete innings have been shutout innings. For his career 154 of Jeremy’s 198 complete innings have been shutout innings for a percentage of 78%.
“For me I am a very aggressive pitcher and I was a little around the (strike) zone and I was pretty frustrated with myself that I couldn’t be where I wanted to be. I wouldn’t say I nibbled, but I was around the strike zone too much,” Beasley said about his first two innings.
In the third and fourth inning Jeremy faced only seven batters and he retired six of them on two ground outs and four swinging strikeouts. “It got to a point where I was like well since they are going to hit me they are going to have to hit my best stuff. So, I just threw the ball where I wanted it and threw it in the strike zone and just said here it is, see how far you can hit and it ended up in my advantage. I ended up throwing a pretty good two innings. I ended up striking out a few guys which is nice. I just tried to keep my team in the ball game and i did.”
The Baybears scored a third run on a Joe Adell single to center. Adell went 2-for-4 and raised his batting average to .392. Adell is the Angels top prospect and he and Jeremy have been playing together since they started their careers in rookie ball in the Arizona League in 2017.
One difference in this game in which Mobile out-hit B’ham 9-8 was the Baybears were 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position compared to the Barons who were 4-for-9.
In the top of the ninth Mobile loaded up the bases with one down on a single, a double and a walk. However, the game came to an end on a 4-6-3 double play.
Jeremy has been pitching in the Southern for almost a year. He was promoted to AA on July 9, 2018. So, he has been in the league long enough where the hitters know him and he knows them. So, who has the advantage?
“It is kind of in my favor. Most guys know when I am a head I am going to throw a splitter, but then I look at my percentages and I am going to throw fast ball today whenever I am ahead or I am going to throw my curve ball or my slider until the batters tell me otherwise.They do know you and they know I work fast, they know I am aggressive and they know I throw a lot of strikes. It is basically just trying to induce contact and having fun with it,” Beasley said.
In 21 Southern League starts Jeremy is 6-8, but his ERA is only 3.38.
In the first inning in Birmingham, Jeremy allowed two singles and a walk after a ground out to second base opened up his night. He ended the inning with a pop up to Southern League All-Star catcher Jack Kruger in fouls territory and a grounder to third base.
Beasley started off the second inning with a pair of strikeouts. Nate Nolan struck out swinging on a 2-2 pitch and Ramon Torres looked at called strike three on a 3-2 pitch. However, three straight Baron singles by Nick Madrigal, Blake Rutherford and Gavin Sheets tallied two more Birmingham runs. A grounder to short ended the inning.
In a three-up, three-down third inning Jeremy induced six foul balls and got the first out on a grounder to second base and then he struck out Joel Booker swinging on a 2-2 pitch and Nate Nolan swinging on a 1-2 pitch.
Torres grounded out to short and Luis Roberts struck out swinging on an 0-2 pitch to start the fourth. Madrigal singled on a 3-1 pitch and then Rutherford struck out on a 0-2 foul tip caught by Kruger.
Beasley threw 85 pitches and 48 were strikes.
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