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

Heather Diaz
August 17, 2018

The Braves on Thursday announced the CT scan performed Wednesday night on outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr's left elbow was normal after he was hit by the first pitch to him in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

Snitker believed Urena meant to hit Acuna with the pitch. Trainer George Poulis hovered over Acuna, who sat on the ground near the batter's box while players swarmed near the mound. Snitker had angry words for the pitcher as he led the first exodus from Atlanta's dugout toward the mound. "That kid didn't deserve that". "Fastest pitch he's thrown all year and it was clearly intentional and it wasn't right", Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. I don't blame the Braves one bit for coming out of the dugout and bullpen to go after Urena. Urena was ejected and Acuna, who entered the game with eight homers in eight games and had been tormenting the Marlins recently, thankfully dodged a serious injury. No punches were thrown. That led to a protest from Marlins manager Don Mattingly. However, having initially stayed in the game, Acuna's injured left arm forced him to leave the field in the top of the second inning, and it remains to be seen how much more time he misses. He took his position in left field and then walked off the field. Acuña had been absolutely destroying Miami, leading off each of the previous three games with a home run and carrying a five-game home run streak into the contest.

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With another leadoff clout Tuesday, Acuna became youngest player in Major League Baseball history to homer in five straight games, and he went deep again in that game, a 10-6 Braves win.

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