Collmenter Opposes His Mates for All-Star Win

Of the Mobile BayBears' nine selected Southern League All-Stars, six were able participate in Monday's Southern League All-Star Game from Joe W. Davis Stadium in Huntsville, including winning pitcher Josh Collmenter, who threw opposite his South Division as the starting hurler for the North Division squad.

Since the North was short of available pitchers for Monday's Southern League All-Star Game, Josh Collmenter switched sides and got the victory with two scoreless innings as the North starter.  Collmenter, a six-game winner for the BayBears this year, wore his road jersey top with his home pants and tossed two scoreless innings while battling some of his BayBear teammates. Evan Frey grounded out against Collmenter, Collin Cowgill popped out in the first inning, and Konrad Schmidt drew a one-out walk against his battery mate.

"I felt a little bit like Benedict Arnold," Collmenter told reporters after the game. "It was definitely different."

After completing his assignment for the North, Collmenter high-fived his temporary teammates and then headed to the South clubhouse to change into gray pants from white. He spent the rest of the game in the South Dugout with his BayBear teamates.

"They told us to bring both sets of uniforms, so I could have pitched in my home jersey," said Collmenter. "But I didn't want to do that. I wanted everyone to see which team I really belonged to."

Overall, Collmenter allowed two hits and a walk and struck out a batter in his two innings of work. He was supported with a couple of runs in the second when Tennessee Smokies teammates Robinson Chirinos and Blake Lalli each knocked in a man. West Tennessee's Johan Limonta added a run in the fifth while the only two runs for the South came on solo home runs by game MVP Matt Dominguez of the Jacksonville Suns.  That's right - the MVP and winning pitcher were both members of the losing team.

"It felt almost like a Spring Training exhibition game," admitted Collmenter, who has gone 6-2 with a 1.59 ERA for Mobile. "But I knew this game was important and I didn't want any of my teammates to get a hit off me."

Infielder Jake Elmore was the only BayBear to pick up a base hit in the contest; he went 2-for-2 including a double. Leyson Septimo fired off an inning of scoreless relief for the South Division in the fourth.

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