Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Benches clear twice after Braves rookie Acuna hit by Marlins' opening pitch

Benches clear twice after Braves rookie Acuna hit by Marlins' opening pitch

Ronald Acuna's chance to extend his three-game streak of leadoff homers was put on hold when the Marlins' Jose Urena hit him with his first pitch on Wednesday night, triggering a melee that led to benches and bullpens for Atlanta and Miami emptying twice.

Braves LHP Max Fried, on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain, will make a rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday - "quicker than we originally thought", Snitker said.

"Should he have hit him in the numbers or in the tushy, yes. I tried to get inside to move him".

Once the brawl ended, Acuna made his way to first base and threw his shin guard in Ureña's direction.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said Urena's pitch was "clearly intentional" and hopes the Miami hurler faces discipline.

Acuna took a fastball to the elbow from Miami starter Jose Urena, which led led to a confrontation at the plate as both benches cleared.

Acuña stayed in after being hit but left before the top of the second inning.

Elieser Hernandez, who replaced Urena, allowed two hits in three scoreless innings.

Urena has a history of control problems. The 20-year-old Acuna entered the game on a rare power streak.

Acuna instead became the 11th batter to be hit by a pitch from Urena this season, tied for the most in the National League. He hit two homers in Tuesday night's 10-6 win over the Marlins.

No suspensions have been handed down by Major League Baseball as of yet. Acuna had homered in five straight games, seven of eight, and was looking to lead off a game with a homer for the fourth straight game.

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