Promote Jeremy Beasley and throw him right in to the fire and what does he do? He pitches like he belongs there even though he just got there. On May 17th, the day Beasley was promoted to High A ball, he threw four innings in relief and earned a save. On July 9th Beasley received his third promotion of 2018 and this one was a biggie to the Mobile BayBears of the Double A Southern League. The BayBears handed him the ball and a start at Pensacola and Beasley ruled the Blue Wahoos and picked up the win- his fourth of the season overall- holding them to three hits as he dealed five scoreless innings with a professional career high nine strikeouts and just one walk. Jeremy last struck out nine batter on April 23, 2016 for Darton State at West Georgia Tech.
“Well, I was super excited to get called up again,” Beasley said. “I just wanted to make the most of it. I just wanted to go out and have as much fun as possible. I knew it was going to be grind of an outing because most first outings are but I kept my composure and went out and threw my best stuff at them.”
Jeremy had to move for the second time in less than two months. His first was from Burlington, Iowa to San Bernardino, California a trip of 1,800 miles. The journey from California to Mobile was a little over 1,900 miles. “I found out on Friday (about the promotion) and it took a whole day on Saturday to travel to Mobile,” Jeremy said. “Anytime you move it’s always hectic because you literally pack up your whole life and move to another place in the country. I’m just blessed I’m back in the south. I was so excited to find out I would be close to my family, and that they have a better opportunity to see me play now.”
- Winning Pitcher- Jeremy Beasley (1-0) (0.00 ERA)
- Losing Pitcher – Daniel Wright (4-6) (4.42 ERA
Beasley left the game with the BayBears leading 7-0 and Mobile won 8-2, stopping a two-game losing streak. The BayBears improved to 10-7 for the second half of the season and 47-38 overall. They finished second in the first half standings behind Biloxi and they are in second place behind that same team in the second half.
Jeremy tossed three more full scoreless innings. This season 55-of-his-71 full innings have been shutout frames- that’s 77.5% and for his pro career it is 78.4% (80-of-102).
“My plan coming into the game was to try to not overthrow and to go out there and show my best stuff and pitch,” Beasley said. “I went out and mixed my pitches well, had the same tempo I always do and I made sure I kept them off balance. The strikeouts and good results are just a byproduct of being calm and doing my best to execute pitches.”
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Not only did Jeremy keep Pensacola (Cincinnati Reds affiliate) scoreless, but he also kept the ball away from the warning track. Admiral Mason Field is a 23 million dollar stadium located adjacent to the Pensacola Bay. It has the look of the San Francisco Giants’ ball park because if you hit one deep enough in right you can hit it in to the bay. The BayBears, meanwhile, gave Beasley a big lead as they hit four homers while he was pitching including three in the fourth inning.
It didn’t take Beasley long to have to work from the stretch as the Wahoos’ leadoff hitter, T.J. Friedl, hit an 0-1 pitch to right field for a single. Jeremy struck out the next batter on a 2-2 pitch and while this was happening Fiedl stole second. He struck out Shed Long on a 2-2 pitch for his first Double A K and then he left the runner at second on a 2-1 pitch which resulted in a ground out to second base. Jeremy threw 17 pitches in the first inning and five were fouled off.
Three K’s in a frame for Beasley
In the second inning Pensacola fouled off eight of his 25 pitches as Beasley struck out three while issuing a four-pitch walk. Brian O’Grady fouled off three pitches and struck out on a 3-2 offering. Aristides Aquino was called out on strikes on a 2-2 pitch and Luis Gonzalez put up quite a nine pitch battle, fouling off five balls before finally swinging and missing on a 2-2 toss.
The story of the third inning was not a new one. Beasley has stranded quite a few runners at third base in 2018 and he did once again. He recorded the first two outs easily on a on a ground out to third base on 3-2 count with two foul balls and then he induced a fly ball to center on a 2-0 pitch. Siri came back for his second look at Jeremy and on the second pitch he lined the ball down the left field line for a triple. Beasley faced Long again and the lefty fouled off the first pitch and then Jeremy threw two more strikes and Long didn’t make contact with the second one as he went down on his second strike out, the sixth of the game for the former Toombs County Bulldog.
The fourth inning was Jeremy’s most efficient. He only threw seven pitches with no foul balls for his first BayBear three-up, three-down. Mitch Nay grounded out to third on a 1-1 pitch, O’Grady had the same count and flied out to center and Aquino popped up the first pitch to third to send the game to the fifth.
Jeremy strikes out three in a frame again
In the bottom of the fifth Beasley struck out three more batters. Taylor Sparks (a second round pick of the Reds) saw three strikes and he fouled off the second one and was called out on a strike three on the third pitch. Gonzalez singled on a 1-2 toss and then Jeremy closed the game with his eighth and ninth strikeouts. Chris Okey (a fellow Clemson Tiger although he and Jeremy did not play on the same team) fouled off two pitches and struck out swinging on a 2-2. Friedl, who singled to open up Beasley’s night ended it swinging and missing on an 0-2 pitch.
Beasley threw 81 pitches- 54 for strikes and 19 foul balls were hit by Pensacola. Jeremy said he noticed a difference between Double A and Single A hitters, “They (Double A batters) definitely were more disciplined ,so I knew I was going to have to be in the zone out of the zone. I knew I was going to have to make my pitches good enough that I could possibly get a swing and miss, so I just focused in and made my pitches that I needed to make.”