Pirates minor leaguers Ngoepe, Neverauskus arrested after bar fight |

Pirates minor leaguers Ngoepe, Neverauskus arrested after bar fight

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe takes batting practice before a game against the Tigers Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

CHICAGO — Triple-A Indianapolis infielder Gift Ngoepe and pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas were suspended for the rest of the season after being arrested Sunday morning in Toledo, Ohio, after a bar brawl.

According to documents provided by Toledo Municipal Court, Ngoepe, 26, was charged with one count of simple assault and two counts of resisting arrest. Neverauskas, 23, was charged with two counts of resisting arrest and one count of misconduct.

Both were arrested about 2:40 a.m. Sunday and released on bond later that morning. They must appear in court Sept. 13.

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said both players were suspended for seven days. Indy ends its season Monday.

“We are extremely disappointed in the actions of Gift and Dovydas,” Huntington said via an email statement.

Toledo Mud Hens player Warwick Saupold, 26, also was charged with assault. Andrey Goncharuk, 26, of Monroe, Mich., also was charged with assault.

According to the report, Saupold allegedly punched Goncharuk in the face outside the Bronze Boar bar across the street from the Toledo Mud Hens ballpark. Ngoepe wrapped his arms around a policeman who was attempting to arrest Saupold.

When the officer tried to put handcuffs on Ngoepe, the player twisted free and walked away. Neverauskas interfered with an officer and yelled, “What are you going to do, shoot me?” when ordered to stand on the sidewalk.

Staff writer Andrew Erickson contributed. Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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