The California Tidals crashed into Miami, but the storm erupted on the field as Storm shortstop Jose Gonzales took exception to being hit by a pitch from Sjaak Mills in a testy game 2 of their series today.
The brawl sparked a huge come back for Miami, who had started the bottom of the 4th down by six runs, with California holding a commanding 7-1 lead.
But with one out righty batter Antonio Avila blasted an opposite field 2-run shot, cranking a big line drive to right. Catcher Lance Van Klaveren then went yard with a 420 foot shot over the center field wall. With the lead cut to 7-4, Gonzales stepped up and looked for his turn, but was instead hit by an 0-2 pitch.
Gonzales charged Mills and the benches cleared. Before long, both players were ejected and the game continued, now with Dave Goudie pitching for California. Jason Wright came in to the game to run for the ejected Gonzales, and went to third on a Jose Ortiz single. Then third baseman Xavier de Soto went yard again, making it a three homer inning for Miami, and evening the score at 7-7.
Miami would pull ahead to 11-8 in the bottom of the 6th. The Tidals added two more runs but that would not be enough, and the Storm prevailed 11-10.
Afterwards, the league handed down 4-game suspensions for both Mills and Gonzales for sparking the mayhem in the 4th inning that resulted in their ejections.
With the Tidals dropping their opener against Miami, the series continues tomorrow.