Peoria Chiefs pitcher Julio Castillo had some issues commanding the location of his fastball in last night’s Class-A game against the Dayton Dragons. Castillo hit everything but the strikezone - including two batters and a fan - resulting in a 10 minute bench clearing brawl, 17 ejections and one night in jail for the pitcher. Video below via AWFUL ANNOUNCING.
The fan was hospitalized after being hit with a ball thrown by Castillo, which was intended for the Dayton dugout. Benches were beginning to clear following a shoving match between Dayton manager Donnie Scott and interim Peoria manager Carmelo Martinez, who was filling in for regular manager Ryne Sandberg.
ESPN.COM reports that “Castillo was arrested and faces one count of felonious assault. He is in the Montgomery County Jail and has a court appearance Friday.”
After an hour-long delay, the ejections were reversed by the two teams’ big league affiliates (Cubs and Reds) who did not want their pitchers having to play outfield, which is what would have needed to happen if the ejections were upheld. These guys got throw down and stayed in the game.
The fan was not the only one needing medical attention:
Dayton shortstop Zack Cozart had to leave the game after being hit in the head with a pitch and Peoria second baseman Gian Guzman went out with a broken left leg, the Dayton Daily News reported.