Swanson fills void after Acuna’s exit as Braves top Marlins

Ross Houston
August 17, 2018

Acuna sent a text to Brian Snitker before the Braves manager even got to SunTrust Park, saying he felt good and was ready to go Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies.

No rule - written or unwritten - excuses Jose Ureña's "purpose" pitch to Braves' Ronald Acuña Jr.

Order appeared to be restored until Acuna walked near the mound while on his way to first, took off a protective wrap and tossed it toward the mound.

Benches and bullpens for both teams emptied onto the field twice after the pitch. Urena was subsequently ejected, with many around the sport calling for a lengthy banishment. That led to a protest from Marlins manager Don Mattingly.

Fans and rivals alike are calling out Marlins' pitcher Jose Urena for taking record-bound Braves Ronald Acuña out of the game with a 97 miles per hour fastball to the elbow. But his stay was short-lived.

Acuña initially remained in the game, but was removed before the next defensive inning.

The hot streak raised Acuna's batting average for the season to.288, and he entered Wednesday's game with 19 home runs, 43 RBI and a.922 OPS in 67 games.

Urena has a history of control problems. He became the first player to hit leadoff shots in three straight games since Baltimore's Brady Anderson led off with homers in four straight games in 1996.

The 20-year-old Acuna hit two homers in Tuesday night's 10-6 win over the Marlins.

He tied the Atlanta record of five straight games with a homer, set by Brian McCann in 2006.

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