Ronald Acuña Jr. entered Wednesday’s clash with a three-game streak of smacking a leadoff home run against the Miami Marlins. It didn’t happen again.
On the first pitch of his at-bat, José Ureña pegged Acuña in the elbow. Unsurprisingly, the rest of the Atlanta Braves didn’t take too kindly to the fastball.
Marlins Urena hits Acuna Jr in the elbow on the first pitch of the game, dugouts empty pic.twitter.com/OfVYKjUDZc
— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) August 15, 2018
The benches immediately cleared, and plenty of words were exchanged.
Later, as Acuña headed to first base, the rookie outfielder tossed his shin guard toward the pitcher’s mound. Braves manager Brian Snitker began shouting again, and the benches emptied once more.
There’s simply no doubt Ureña went after Acuña, and it’s a show of complete cowardice from the Marlins. Deservingly so, Ureña was ejected — as was Snitker.
Perhaps Acuña will get the ultimate revenge and continue his five-game home-run streak later in the game. And plenty of baseball fans are rooting for that kind of karma.