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

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Acuña had been absolutely destroying Miami, leading off each of the previous three games with a home run and carrying a five-game home run streak into the contest. The Marlins pitcher was ejected, as was Braves manager Brian Snitker for getting into it with Urena.

I get that you want to pitch around this guy because he's been red hot, but do you have to drill him in the elbow?

Keith Hernandez responded Thursday to the criticism of his comments on Ronald Acuna Jr.'s drilling - with a more detailed explanation of why he thought it was fair.

As for the game itself, the Braves were definitely fired up. "That kid didn't deserve that".

No rule - written or unwritten - excuses Jose Ureña's "purpose" pitch to Braves' Ronald Acuña Jr. He fired a hard projectile at 97.5 miles per hour at Acuña.

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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.

Urena's fastball hit Acuna's left elbow, leaving Acuna in obvious pain.

"So I stand firmly by what I said and I don't think the pitch was that awful".

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. Acuna left the game to undergo X-rays, which came back negative. That led to a protest from Marlins manager Don Mattingly.

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