A game between rival baseball teams turned ugly in Cuba Monday night when a player tried to hit a rival in the face with a bat during a bench clearing brawl.
The brawl started after Villa Clara pitcher Freddy Asiel Alvarez hit two straight batters, Matanzas Demis Valdes charged the mound with a bat. Valdes took a swing at Alvarez and either just missed or struck him with a glancing blow. However Valdes hit Villa Clara's Ramon Lunar in the face with the backswing knocking him to the ground.
Lunar was not seriously injured. He only suffered cuts to his lips and nose according to reporters at the game.
Matanzas won the game 3-0 to remain in first place.
Sanctions against Valdes are expected to come down swiftly.