Awful Brawl in Minor League Game

July 25, 2008 at 9:27 am 4 comments

A ridiculous brawl proceeded after a player was hit by a pitch in the first inning of a minor league game (Peoria vs. Dayton). The brawl included one arrest, 17 ejections, and delayed the game an hour and nine minutes. Bugs & Cranks had a great breakdown of it below and there is a home video to go with the ESPN clip from above:

The brawl and arrest of Julio Castillo were newsworthy enough, but there’s more to this than what ESPN reported.

1st Inning

In the top half, Peoria’s Nate Samson was hit by Dayton pitcher Kyle Lotzkar. Probably seemed pretty innocent at the time. Although there could be more history involved that has yet to be reported.

In the bottom half, Dayton’s second hitter, Zack Cozart, was hit in the head by the always classy Castillo. The game was delayed five minutes while Cozart was attended to.

Later in the frame, three Peoria Chiefs collided on a dribbler past the mound, which resulted in Peoria’s Gian Guzman breaking his leg. The game was delayed 15 minutes before Guzman was stretchered off the field.

Later STILL in that first, Angel Cabrera was hit in the arm by a Castillo pitch, which led to a jawing match between those two. No fight, just a heated discussion.

We’re just now getting to the actual fight.

On a fielder’s choice grounder, Cabrera slid hard into the bag with his spikes high. More words were exchanged between Castillo and Cabrera — managers and coaches also got involved — and then this.

The Aftermath

15 players were ejected. Keep in mind that both sides had already lost a position player to injury in this game, so both sides were left with multiple players out of position and PITCHERS playing in the outfield.

After the position changes were sorted out and announced, the umpires then left the field, only to return 10 minutes later to inform both sides that all the ejections were being REVERSED. So basically throw your scorecard away and start from scratch.

Finally, after 69 minutes of delay, the game once again resumed. The first inning eventually ended 1 hour, 53 minutes after it began.

There is a little more to their article but this about 95% of it.

It is always good to see some fire under a team but this was out of hand. It was like a street fight. Castillo deserved to get arrested and should be banned from touching a baseball for at least a year. You can see him throw that baseball in the ESPN clip and that ball, from what I’ve read, hit a fan. Just my worthless little two cents on this incident that really needs no other breakdowns.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell
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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erik  |  July 25, 2008 at 10:35 am

    What an awesome display of sportsmanship (NOTE HEAVY SARCASM)

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 25, 2008 at 10:45 am

    If I could describe what happened in one word it would be “Savage”.

  • 3. Erik  |  July 25, 2008 at 10:52 am

    It reminded me of Black Friday (pick a year) as hundreds of people attempted to get a great buy on the Wii. Needless to say I got mine!

  • 4. Aaron Boynton  |  July 29, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    That pitcher should be suspended for the rest of the year. What a disgrace.


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