Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Braves, Marlins brawl after Acuna hit by first pitch of game

Braves, Marlins brawl after Acuna hit by first pitch of game

- Rookie star Ronald Acuna back in the lineup for the Atlanta Braves, hitting leadoff one day after being plunked on the left arm by Miami's Jose Urena.

Snitker believed Urena meant to hit Acuna with the pitch.

The Braves said X-rays on the elbow were negative and results of further tests would be announced on Thursday. "That kid didn't deserve that".

The 97.5 miles per hour fastball hit Acuña square in the left elbow and left the hot-hitting rookie in pain.

In Wednesday's finale, the Marlins flipped the script in a painful way when starting pitcher Jose Urena drilled Acuña with the Marlins first pitch of the game. The Marlins pitcher denied any wrongdoing and said he was merely trying to throw inside.

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Order appeared to be restored until Acuna walked near the mound while on his way to first, took off a protective wrap and tossed it toward the mound. That led to players again spilling out of both dugouts and bullpens.

The data suggests the beaning was intentional: Urena's 97.5-mph heater was the fastest pitch he's ever thrown to open a game, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Acuna, who had hit leadoff homers in the last three games and homered in five straight games overall, didn't get a chance to extend the streak.

Acuna remained in the game to run the bases but left the game in the top of the second, walking off the field after taking his position in left field.

Acuna instead became the 11th batter to be hit by a pitch from Urena this season, tied for the most in the National League.

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