Jeremy Beasley continued his dominance of AA Southern League batters by pitching five straight scoreless innings in a start against the Tennessee Smokies in Knoxville. Add those five frames to the 13 1/3 scoreless innings he tossed against Birmingham, Biloxi and Jacksonville and the former Toombs County Bulldog threw 18 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned or unearned run for his Mobile BayBears. The streak finally game to an end when Conner Myers hit a 2-2 pitch over the center field fence to lead off the sixth inning which tied the game at 1-1. For the number nine hitter in the lineup it was his third homer of the season and the ninth of his career.
Beasley retired the first eight Smokies before he hit Myers with a pitch with two down in the third inning. Jhonny Pereda broke up the no-hitter with a two out single in the fourth. He hit a shot that hit Jeremy in the back of his right leg. Beasley grabbed the ball with his bare hand to the right of the mound but he did not have a play at first base and he didn’t make a throw.
Jeremy pitched 5 1/3 innings before being lifted from the game and he allowed one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk. His ERA dropped to 3.36 and his WHIP to 1.35. Mobile won the game 6-2, but Jeremy was not involved in the decision since the score was 1-1 when he exited.
During the 18 2/3 innings Jeremy allowed one earned run (.48 ERA) on just 10 hits with 19 strikeouts and four walks.
Beasley is 5-5 and he has struck out 79 batters and walked 32 in 85 2/3 innings. Lifetime he is 14-13 with a 2.99 ERA and he has struck out 220 batters and walked 76 in 229 innings.
With his five shutout frames against Tennessee, this season 64-of-his-79 (81%) complete innings have been shutout innings. For his career 170 of Jeremy’s 214 complete innings have been shutout innings for a percentage of 79.4%.
In a 10-pitch first inning Jeremy struck out the first batter swinging and then he retired the next two on a fly ball to center and a ground out to short.
Beasley and his third baseman each caught a pop up in the second inning and the third out was on a fly ball to center.
Jeremy struck out the first two batters of the third inning with out throwing a pitch out of the strike zone. Both Smokies went down swinging. After the hit batsman and a stolen base Jeremy fielded a grounder and threw to first base for the third out.
In the fourth inning Beasley hit the first batter then he threw a 4-6-3 double play ball before allowing that first hit to Pereda. A three-pitch swinging strikeout ended the frame.
Charcer Burks singled to lead off the fifth and after a foul pop up was caught by the first baseman, Burks was thrown out by catcher Jack Kruger trying to steal second base. A pop up to short completed the fifth.
Jeremy faced four batters in the sixth. Myers hit the homer, there was a fly out to center, a double and a walk ended his night.