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15 Ejected, 3 injured in minor league brawl (Cubs/Reds)

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  • 15 Ejected, 3 injured in minor league brawl (Cubs/Reds)

    DAYTON — It had all the elements of a good baseball game — as well as hockey game, rugby contest and boxing match. Extreme martial arts? Oh, yeah, that, too.
    Before the first inning was finished Thursday, July 24, at Fifth Third Field, three batters were hit by pitches.
    The victims included:
    • Dayton shortstop Zack Cozart, who left when hit in the head.
    • Peoria's second baseman, who suffered a broken leg.
    • A fan, who was hit by a ball thrown by Peoria starter Julio Castillo.
    No information was available about the condition of the fan or Cozart.
    Castillo, both managers as well as 15 players were thrown out of the game. But almost an hour after the brawl, which lasted about 10 minutes, all of the ejections were reversed by the Midwest League.
    The reversal came after the Reds and Cubs — parent teams of the Dayton Dragons and Peoria Chiefs — indicated they didn't want pitchers playing in the outfield, which is what each team would have needed in two spots.
    Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty and Terry Reynolds, director of player development for the Chiefs, were in the stands and spoke by telephone with league President George Spelius, who likely will re-invoke the suspensions today.
    Fans had different reactions to the mayhem, and most stayed to see the entire game.
    "It was a big brawl," said Ben Means, 25, a fan from New Carlisle. "I like that kind of enthusiasm. It was sweet. We're excited. It's cool."
    Joseph Albrecht, a season ticket holder from Oakwood, wasn't so pleased.
    "Somebody needs a timeout. I don't think it's the crowd," he said.
    Trouble began with Peoria's second batter, who was hit with a pitch by Dayton starter Kyle Lotzkar, the fourth Peoria batter hit in two nights. That may or may not have prompted Castillo to drill Dayton's second batter, Cozart, in the helmet.
    By the way, Dayton won, 6-5.
    Photos and Video here

  • #2
    Peoria pitcher in Montgomery County jail

    By James Cummings

    Staff Writer

    Friday, July 25, 2008

    DAYTON — Peoria Chiefs starting pitcher Julio Castillo is being held in the Montgomery County jail on a charge of felonious assault for his role in brawl Thursday night, July 24, during a game with the Dayton Dragons.
    The jail Website indicated Castillo is being held pending a court appearance, and no bail has been set in the case.
    A fan, who was hit by a ball thrown by Castillo during the brawl, was removed from the stands on a stretcher and had to be hospitalized, according to televised reports.
    The brawl started after Castillo beaned in the head Dragons second baseman Zack Cozart, the second batter he faced. The pitch at Cozart's head followed a batter being hit by a Dragons pitcher earlier in the first inning. It was the fourth Peoria hitter struck in two nights.
    No information was available about the condition of the fan or Cozart.
    According to the Peoria Chiefs Website, Castillo is 20-year-old resident of the Domincan Republic who was drafterd into the Chicago Cubs organization in 2004. He has played for the Chiefs since the beginning of the season and also played for them for a while at the start of the 2007 season.
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    • #3
      That guy launched it as hard as he could throw it at the dugout.

      Could have killed someone.
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      • #4
        I'm so glad this was a road game for Peoria.

        My son went to a Chiefs game last week, his first, and I'm glad he didn't have to see this shit.


        • #5
          Pussies, one and all.

          The Hanson's would've kicked their asses.
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          • #6
            How can you miss an ENTIRE DUGOUT?