July 25, 2008

Pitcher arrested at minor league brawl in Ohio, fan hospitalized

By now you've seen the video, baseball getting ugly at a minor league ballpark in Dayton, Ohio, last night.

When Peoria Chiefs (Cubs affiliate) pitcher Julio Castillo hit three Dayton Dragons (Reds affiliate) batsmen in the first inning, the Dragons' manager took offense. An argument broke out between the managers of both clubs, and moments later, all hell broke loose in a benches-clearing brawl.

Seconds in the fracus, Castillo rifled a laser shot at the Dragons' dugout, a dangerous action in itself, but he threw wild, the ball sailing over the dugout and into the crowd, a fan getting hit. The injured fan was taken to hospital for treatment, the condition is unknown at the time of this post.
Castillo, according to an MSN report, was charged with felonious assault today. He had been arrested after the chaotic brawl. Castillo was scheduled for arraignment today in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Fifteen players were ejected from the game by umpires after the 10-minute fight. The game was delayed about an hour.

Both teams protested the ejections via long distance phone to the Midwest League President, George Spelius, but it is unclear whether Spelius convinced or ordered the umpires to reinstate the ejected players so the teams would not have to use pitchers at defensive positions to complete the game.

The game did resume, Dayton winning 6-5.

The Peoria Chiefs are normally managed by former Cubs great Ryne Sanburg, but he is away at the Baseball Hall of Fame for induction ceremonies this weekend.
Warning: Violent Content in Video, also contains adult language.
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