Brawl erupts during minor league game

During Saturday night's Memphis-Albuquerque game, a brawl erupted in the fourth inning. Memphis (AAA affiliate of the Cardinals) reliever Jorge Rondon threw at the head of Albuquerque (AAA affiliate of the Dodgers) shortstop Justin Sellers after a home run by Jeremy Moore. Then, all hell broke loose. Rondon was immediately ejected, and Sellers gestured toward him and started walking towards the mound when both benches cleared.

The bullpens emptied, and when the pitchers all got on the field, things got interesting. Redbirds reliever Maikel Cleto got Moore in a headlock and the two tussled, eventually falling to the ground while the already-ejected Rondon seemingly peppered Moore's midsection with punches. There ended up being a whopping ten ejections from the mess, including Moore, Rondon, and Sellers, along with each team's manager (Lorenzo Bundy of the Isotopes and Ron Warner of the Redbirds), and a handful of former major league players: Rusty Ryal, Dee Gordon, Aaron Laffey, Rob Johnson, and Mitchell Boggs.

Believe it or not, there were no more incidents after the chaos in the fourth inning. Memphis would rally to tie the game at eight before Albuquerque went on to win 13-10, but the real story was the brawl. Cardinals management must have been taking a huge sigh of relief that top prospect Oscar Taveras wasn't prominently involved in this.

Joe Lucia

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