• Kade Godwin

Benches clear in Atlanta after Acuna plunked by Marlins pitcher

Atlanta Braves’ left-fielder Ronald Acuna’s chances of extending his lead-off home run streak against the Marlins were momentarily put on hold due to Marlins’ pitcher Jose Urena apparently intentionally hitting him with the first pitch in the final game in the Braves/Marlins series.

The 97 mph fastball struck Acuna on the left elbow, leaving him in obvious pain. This led to both teams’ benches and bullpens clearing.

Braves manager Brian Snitker led the charge to the mound, exchanging angry words with Urena. A full-out fight never occurred, but several cross words, as well as violent shoving took place during the altercation.

Both Snitker and Urena were ejected from the game, and Urena has been suspended for another six games.

Acuna sat out the remainder of the game but returned for the Braves series opener against the Colorado Rockies.

According to The Gaurdian, Acuna’s X-rays came up negative and he has since been doing fine.