Jeremy Beasley has a knack of pitching his best ball against the toughest competition. In his past Jeremy has out pitched statistically both Dallas Keuchel and Kyle Wright on the road. On the eve before the Fourth of July Jeremy was matched up against Trey Supak and the Biloxi Shuckers in Biloxi. The Shuckers are the second best team in the Southern League and Supak leads the league in wins with eight and had the fifth best ERA at 2.41 coming into his showdown with Beasley.
Supak threw six innings and allowed six hits and an earned run with two strikeouts and one walk. Meanwhile, Jeremy was tough to hit from the first all the way through the sixth inning. He did not allow a hit while yielding only two base runners on two walks and he struck out six batters before being lifted from the game after tossing 88 pitches.
“It honestly wasn’t my A game,” Beasley said. “I was behind in a lot of counts and had to execute a lot when I was behind. Of course, It’s always great to out-pitch guys. The way I think about it is I have a job to do and so does he. It’s just who can do their job the best the longest and it just so happened to be me tonight.”
Last season, in a start against the Mississippi Braves and versus Wright, Beasley had a no-hitter going for 5 ⅔ innings. A bunt down the third base line ended that no-hit bid.
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Jeremy never pitched a no-hitter in high school, at Darton College or Clemson. However, he did toss a seven inning one-hitter in 2014 at Bleckley County in the first round of the state playoffs and he also threw one for Darton at East Georgia in 2016.
Joe Gatto relieved Jeremy and pitched the seventh and eight innings and kept the no-hitter going while striking out four batters and walking two. Dario Beltre came in to close in the ninth and he yielded Biloxi’s only hit of the game- a leadoff single to right field by right-handed hitter Michael O’Neill. O’Neill is the nephew of Paul O’Neill- the former Cincinnati Red and New York Yankee, who was a five-time All-Star and World Series champion and a former American League batting champ.
Jeremy watched the final three innings from the dugout. “I had to bite my lip and cheer my team on. At that point I put my personal accolades aside and cheered my team on to win, but time seemed to have stood still until we finally finished the game.”
Jairo Cuevas, a former minor league pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization, is Mobile’s pitching coach. “He just shook my hand and said great job. He knew I was going to ask him to go back out, but he told me no ahead of time, and just said great job.”
The BayBears won the game 2-0 and Beasley was the winning pitcher. He is now 4-5 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He has struck out 70 batters and walked 30 in 75 ⅓ innings. Lifetime he is 13-13 with a 3.09 ERA. Jeremy has accumulated 211 strikeouts and 74 walks in 218 ⅔ innings.
Going back to his last start- in Birmingham- Jeremy has now pitched 8 ⅓ straight scoreless innings in which he has allowed only one hit.
With his six shutout frames against Biloxi, this season 54-of-his-69 (78.3 %) complete innings have been shutout innings. For his career 160 of Jeremy’s 204 complete innings have been shutout innings for a percentage of 78.4%.
After opening the bottom of the first retiring O’Neill on a fly ball to right on a 2-0 pitch, Jeremy had an 11-pitch battle with Luiz Aviles Jr. Jeremy fell behind 2-0 and then worked the count to 2-2. Aviles fouled off four straight pitches and seven total in the at bat. Jeremy missed with a pitch to make it a full count. After one more foul ball Beasley ended the at bat with a swinging strikeout on a 95 mile per hour fastball.
“That at bat definitely set a tone for the game that’s for sure. It was a good battle. I just so happen to have won it and ended up giving my team a chance to win.” Beasley induced 23 total foul balls out of the 55 strikes he threw in the game. “I think the fouls signified I had them guessing and that my stuff was playing up pretty well tonight. They seemed to have had no idea what I was throwing at them.”
A ground out to third base on a 1-2 pitch ended the first inning.
A pop up to short and a swinging strikeout preceded a walk on a 3-0 pitch to Cooper Hummel. BayBear backup catcher Julian Leon threw out Hummel trying to steal second base.
Jeremy took care of the Shuckers in the third inning on a fly ball to right field and two ground balls to third base.
O’Neill led off the fourth by hitting a pop up to first on a 0-2 pitch and this was the closest the Shuckers came to stroking a hit of Jeremy. Jhoan Urena made an over the shoulder catch in shallow right field. Beasley struck out Aviles Jr. for a second time and this time it only took six pitches. The 3-2 pitch was foul tipped and caught by Leon. Patrick Leonard hit a fly ball to center on an 0-2 pitch for the third out.
Jake Gatewood led off the fifth and walked on a 3-2 pitch. Dillon Thomas struck out on a 1-2 pitch and then right fielder Jo Adell reached into the stands and caught a foul ball with Gatewood tagging up and moving to second on the catch. Weston Wilson struck out on a 1-2 pitch and the inning was over.
In the sixth inning Beasley threw his final 12 pitches of his gem. A fly ball to right, a strikeout swinging and a pop up to second by O’Neill ended Jeremy’s night.
Steve Goldberg is the Mobile Baybears play-by-play announcer and here is his scorecard from the game.