Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Ureña ejected after one pitch as streaking Acuña gets drilled, clearing benches

Ureña ejected after one pitch as streaking Acuña gets drilled, clearing benches

Their starting sacrifices, er, pitchers, had surrendered leadoff home runs to Ronald Acuña in each game, twice on the first pitch.

Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) stands between pitcher Jose Urena (62) and Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker (43) as the dugouts empty after Urena hit the Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch during the first inning on August 15, 2018.

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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. The Marlins made sure that didn't happen again. After the melee calmed down, the umpires huddled and then home plate umpire Chad Fairchild ejected Urena and warned both benches.

The NL East-leading Braves, who began the night two games ahead of Philadelphia, have won five straight.

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After all, he said, it's not like Urena threw at Acuna's head, which is where Hernandez said on Thursday that he draws the line. From there, the situation escalated into a benches-clearing situation as the Braves clearly felt there were bad intentions behind the Urena's pitch.

Acuna had hit leadoff homers in his three previous games, all against the Marlins, including a doubleheader Monday. 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.

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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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