Dim Bulb Ar­rested for Us­ing Bright Light

The Washington Post Sunday - - High Schools -

A 40-year-old man ar­rested at Shea Sta­dium on Fri­day night is ac­cused of try­ing to dis­tract a Braves pitcher and short­stop with a high-pow­ered flash­light.

Frank Martinez was charged with in­ter­fer­ence with a pro­fes­sional sport­ing event and sec­ond-de­gree reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, Queens Dis­trict At­tor­ney Richard Brown said yes­ter­day.

Au­thor­i­ties said Martinez flashed the pow­er­ful light at the play­ers in the bot­tom of the eighth in­ning from his seat be­hind home plate. He was quickly ejected from the game.

“The de­fen­dant’s al­leged ac­tions reck­lessly en­dan­gered the lives of play­ers and spectators and caused a tem­po­rary de­lay to the game,” Brown said.

The hul­la­baloo be­gan at about 10:15 p.m. as the Braves were lead­ing the Mets 7-0. Tim Hud­son was on the mound fac­ing Mets PH Endy Chavez when, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said, Martinez turned the beam on the Braves pitcher and SS Edgar Ren­te­ria.

Ren­te­ria com­plained to um­pire Paul Em­mel, who then called time out and alerted se­cu­rity. The se­cu­rity of­fi­cers re­moved Martinez and found a “a small, stream­line flash­light” in his back­pack. K TRIPLE PLAY: The Phillies pulled off their first triple play in al­most eight years and the first in the ma­jors this sea­son in the fifth in­ning against the Reds last night.

With Josh Hamil­ton on sec­ond base and Ed­win En­car­na­cion on first, C David Ross grounded to Phillies 3B Abra­ham Nuñez, who stepped on third to force Hamil­ton and threw to 2B Chase Utley to force En­car­na­cion for the sec­ond out. Utley’s re­lay to 1B Wes Helms caught Ross by a step. K SO­RI­ANO TO LEFT: Al­fonso So­ri­ano is ex­pected to re­join the Cubs’ lineup to­mor­row and when he does, he’ll be switched from cen­ter field back to left.

So­ri­ano was out of the lineup yes­ter­day for a fifth straight game af­ter strain­ing his left ham­string on Mon­day. K CRUZ TO DL: The Di­a­mond­backs placed RHP Juan Cruz on the 15-day dis­abled list with a strained mus­cle be­low the back of his right shoul­der.

— From News Ser­vices


The Cubs’ Al­fonso So­ri­ano per­forms drills and should be ready to play to­mor­row.

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