Tensions ran high in a heated matchup between the Single-A Fort Wayne Tin Caps and the South Bend Cubs on Tuesday night. And those tensions between the Midwest League rivals finally boiled over in the top of the eighth inning.
At the end of the seventh inning, a Tin Caps player apparently said something to Cubs shortstop Delvin Zinn. From there, things only escalated.
Early in the eighth, South Bend pitcher Brandon Hughes launched a fast ball high-and-tight near the head of a Fort Wayne batter. Hughes struck the batter out on the very next pitch, leading to a heated exchange of words between the Tin Caps hitter and Cubs catcher Jake Washer.
As soon as the first shove was made, both benches cleared.
Torrential rain poured down at Four Winds Field as a brawl rarely seen in the Minor Leagues unfolded.
Countless punches were thrown and players were tossed to the dirt. A Fort Wayne player even flung a ball towards the South Bend side, ricocheting off his own teammates head before hitting a Cubs player.
Zinn went directly after a Tin Caps player -- presumably the one who'd said something to him earlier in the game.
Here's a clip of the events as they unfolded:
After the brawl subsided, Hughes, Washer and manager Michael Ryan were all ejected from the contest. Tin Caps second baseman Kelvin Melean was also booted, per CBS Sports.
The Cubs overcame a 7-0 deficit to claim a final 12-10 victory over the Tin Caps.