(GAME DATE — June 1, 2020) — After an intense confrontation, both the Admirals Israel Medina and the Storm Kyle Cahill were handed their punishments today. The league commissioner’s office issued suspensions for an on-the-field conflict that occurred at a recent St. Petersburg-Miami game. Medina will miss 4 games, while Cahill was suspended for 6 games.
“Sometimes we go too far and have to pay the consequences,” commented later. “Hopefully cooler heads will prevail the next time we play.”
The drama began after Cahill fell apart in the top of the 3rd, allowing Admirals catcher Bill Clark to hit a lead-off single on a first pitch, then serving up a home run ball to second baseman Julio Rangel. The two run shot put the Admirals ahead 3-2, and Cahill set to work to get things under control with Katai Kitigawa as the next batter.
However, Kitigawa hit a solo shot for back-to-back bombs, and a frustrated Cahill threw his next pitch Israel Medina. After taking a hit off the elbow, Medina charged the mound sparking a benches-clearing fracas.
It was some time before order could be restored, as the two Florida rival teams traded shoves and harsh words. Cautions were issued to both managers and Cahill and Medina were sent off.
Rookie hurler Albert Jeffrey came in to pitch for Cahill, and would throw 2.2 effective innings, allowing just a single hit and a pair of walks while giving up no runs and striking out a pair. It was Jeffrey’s first Bull League game and his first win decision as well. He started the year at AA-level Seba Beach, and had moved up to AAA-level Miami Marauders before being purchased and placed on the 40-man just the day before.
Medina was replaced by pinch runner Keith Barton, who stayed in as the Admirals third baseman.
So far this season <Medina:player#3040> has gotten 56 hits in 184 at-bats for a .304 batting average with 14 home runs. His stats include 32 RBIs and 29 runs scored. He has played in 46 games.
This season in 12 starts has a record of 3-4 with 52 strikeouts in 84.2 innings and a 4.78 ERA.