For the first time since May 18, 2016 Jeremy Beasley started a game and pitched six or more innings. On that day he threw eight innings and took a tough 4-3 loss to Walters State in the GCAA Tournament played on Jeremy’s home field at Darton College in Albany. Earlier this season Beasley threw 5 2/3 innings for Inland Empire before being lifted. Jeremy broke through on June 27 in a home game and he tossed a whole six frames in the 66ers 8-4 loss to Visalia- a farm club of the Arizona Diamondbacks of the Advanced A California League.
Jeremy left the game with Inland Empire leading 4-2. However, the Rawhide rallied against the bullpen to tie the game in the top of the eighth at 4 and then they scored four more in the ninth ending Beasley’s chance at winning his third straight start. He took a tough no decision.
Jeremy says when he starts a game he is on a pitch count, but there is no limit on the innings he can throw. “I do not believe I have a limit on innings pitched but my innings pitched is based off of my pitch limit. I have a certain amount of pitches I have to throw a game and lately that has been 85 to 90 pitches.” Beasley threw 86 in this game and 57 were for strikes.
As a Toombs County Bulldog Jeremy threw six or more innings 16 times- nine as a senior, two as a junior and five as a sophomore. In two years at Darton Beasley did it 15 times- seven as a sophomore and eight as a freshman. The most innings Jeremy threw in a season at Clemson was 3 2/3.
Beasley allowed seven hits in his fifth start for the 66ers. He struck out five and did not walk a batter giving him 41 K’s in the Cal League against just 11 walks. He is 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Jeremy threw four more scoreless innings. This season 47-of-his-62 full innings have been shutout frames- that’s 75.8% and for his pro career it is 77.4% (72-of-93).
In five of his six innings Jeremy allowed a hit- three singles, a double and a triple. For example in the top of the first left-handed leadoff batter Luis Alejandro Basabe extended his hitting streak to four games and raised his batting average to .404 in his 14th game with Visalia hitting a 2-2 pitch in to right field. Beasley recorded his first out one pitch later and the second two pitches after that on two ground outs to short which advanced the base runner to third. Another lefty hitter, Pavin Smith- Arizona’s first round pick in 2017- singled in his 24th on run on the first pitch to give the Rawhide a 1-0 lead. Seven pitches later Jeremy ended the inning with a strikeout on a pitch low in the zone.
Beasley says he bares down even more with runners on base or in scoring position, “Honestly, I buckle down and make better pitches when there’s runners on. I tell myself that I am not letting that runner score no matter what, and I do everything I can to not let that happen.”
The top of the second only lasted nine pitches. A fly ball to right opened the frame and a deeper fly to the track in left ended it. In between Jeremy mowed down a hot hitting catcher. Last season Dominic Miroglio batted .317 in the Pioneer League and this year .323 including .359 in his last 10 games. Beasley got him to swing and miss at three pitches located from the middle to the top of the zone.
Inland Empire gave Beasley a 4-1 lead scoring two runs in both the second and third innings.
In the third Beasley faced four batters and retired them on 11 pitches. Jason Morozowski, from the tiny University of Mt. Olive in North Carolina, singled on an 0-1 pitch beating the 66ers shift. Morozowski was playing his sixth game in the Cal League after being demoted from Double A Jacksonville where he was hitting .250. A ground ball to first base got the lead runner at second. Then a catchable hit to right netted a force out at second and then the frame ended with a ground out to second.
The top of the fourth began with the Rawhide stroking two hits on four pitches. Pavin Smith singled to left on the third pitch and Drew Ellis, second round pick out of Louisville, doubled to left on the first. A fly ball to shallow right didn’t score a run, but a grounder to short did and a ground out to second ended the inning with the 66ers now leading 4-2.
The top of the fifth was a wacky inning. Morozowski hit a 1-2 pitch in to center for his second hit. Next catcher Julian Leon threw the ball in to the outfield while trying to toss it back to Jeremy on the mound advancing the runner to third with nobody out. How did Beasley get out of this without allowing a run? He did it with a strange double play ball and a strikeout. Basebe hit the ball to center which should have been a sacrifice fly. However, Buford High’s Brandon Marsh threw the ball to the plate and Leon tossed back to third because the 66ers noticed that Morozowski had left the bag early and the umpire agreed. Marcus Wilson fell behind in the count 0-2 and then Beasley missed on three straight pitches before throwing one between the belt and the letters. Wilson wanted to smack that baby and he took a big swing and wound up on a knee for strike three. “It was a really weird game honestly, but you know I was on the positive side of things and I’m just happy I gave my team a chance,” Beasley said.
Still leading 4-2 Jeremy came back out for the top of the sixth and for the second straight inning he had to leave a runner at third base. Stephen Smith- from Texas Tech- is a .289 hitter, batting .375 in his last 10 games. He opened up the inning hitting a 2-2 pitch to right for a triple. No problem Beasley retired the next three hitters to leave Smith at third base. Pavin Smith struck out on a 3-2 pitch Ellis popped up on the first pitch to the second baseman and shortstop Camden Duzenack looked at a fastball for strike three. Jeremy had successfully pitched six innings for the first time as a pro.
“After the triple I just told myself I’m not letting anyone else score no matter what,” Beasley said. “My thoughts were to either give up soft contact or strike outs and I’m thankful that I forced both. I’m just blessed that the outcome was what it was.”
Visalia Top of the 1st
Luis Alejandro Basabe doubles (3) on a fly ball to right fielder Jonah Todd.
Marcus Wilson grounds out, shortstop Alberto Triunfel to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Stephen Smith grounds out, shortstop Alberto Triunfel to first baseman David MacKinnon. Luis Alejandro Basabe to 3rd.
Pavin Smith singles on a ground ball to center fielder Brandon Marsh. Luis Alejandro Basabe scores.
Drew Ellis strikes out swinging.
Visalia Top of the 2nd
Camden Duzenack flies out to right fielder Jonah Todd.
Dominic Miroglio strikes out swinging.
Ramon Hernandez flies out to left fielder DJ Jenkins.
Visalia Top of the 3rd
Jason Morozowski singles on a line drive to right fielder Jonah Todd.
Luis Alejandro Basabe grounds into a force out, first baseman David MacKinnon to shortstop Alberto Triunfel. Jason Morozowski out at 2nd. Luis Alejandro Basabe to 1st.
Marcus Wilson lines into a force out, right fielder Jonah Todd to shortstop Alberto Triunfel. Luis Alejandro Basabe out at 2nd. Marcus Wilson to 1st.
Stephen Smith grounds out, second baseman Jahmai Jones to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Visalia Top of the 4th
Pavin Smith singles on a ground ball to left fielder DJ Jenkins.
Drew Ellis doubles (22) on a fly ball to left fielder DJ Jenkins. Pavin Smith to 3rd.
Camden Duzenack flies out to right fielder Jonah Todd.
Dominic Miroglio reaches on a fielder’s choice out, shortstop Alberto Triunfel to third baseman Jordan Zimmerman. Pavin Smith scores. Drew Ellis out at 3rd.
Ramon Hernandez grounds out, second baseman Jahmai Jones to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Visalia Top of the 5th
Jason Morozowski singles on a line drive to center fielder Brandon Marsh.
Jason Morozowski advances to 3rd, on a throwing error by catcher Julian Leon.
Luis Alejandro Basabe flies into a double play, center fielder Brandon Marsh to catcher Julian Leon to third baseman Jordan Zimmerman. Jason Morozowski out at home.
Marcus Wilson strikes out swinging.
Visalia Top of the 6th
Stephen Smith triples (2) on a fly ball to right fielder Jonah Todd.
Pavin Smith strikes out swinging.
Drew Ellis pops out to second baseman Jahmai Jones.
Camden Duzenack called out on strikes.