Miami starting pitcher Pablo Lopez was ejected from the Miami Marlins road game after hitting Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. with the first pitch of the game.
Acuna was plunked on the left arm, and the umpiring crew tossed Lopez after Atlanta manager Brian Snitker walked on to the field to protest.
Snitker was seen mouthing, “I’m tired of this stuff” as he made his way on to the field.
After Lopez was ejected, Marlins manager Don Mattingly was thrown out for arguing as was pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre. The entire incident caused a delay of more than 12 minutes in a game between two fierce division rivals.
It was the fifth time the Marlins hit Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch in his career. However, Lopez had never hit Acuna before and pleaded his innocence.
This entire drama started back in 2018 when Jose Urena hit Acuna Jr. with a pitch, leading to the benches clearing. Things have been boiling to the surface since.
Ross Detwiler was entered to replace Lopez following the ejection. Acuna came around to score a run that was charged to Lopez.
(Field Level Media contributed to this report)