24 Dec 2018

Collmenter pitches Tuatara to win

6:39 am on 24 December 2018

Former major league pitcher Josh Collmenter stepped up on Sunday to help propel the Auckland Tuatara to a much-needed Australian Baseball League win.

Josh Collmenter

Josh Collmenter Photo: Photosport

The Tuatara delivered with the bat as well in recording a 10-3 win over the Adelaide Bite in the final game of their four-game series in Mt Gambier, avoiding a series sweep.

Collmenter, who spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves during a seven-season big league career, threw seven innings of four-hit baseball, giving up just a solo run and striking out six.

Texas Rangers farmhand Eric Jenkins enjoyed a big day at the plate going 2-4 with a walk and four RBI. Max Brown smacked his second home run of the season while Kris Richards and Zach Clark each added a pair of hits, and Te Wera Bishop drove in a couple of runners.

Auckland's record improves to 7-16 with the win.

The Tuatara now travel to Canberra and will spend Christmas in the Australian capital preparing for a series against the Cavalry next weekend.