Braves, Marlins brawl after Acuna hit by first pitch of game

Lynette Rowe
August 17, 2018

Jose Urena incited a benches-clearing brawl against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, but that's not who the Miami Marlins are, according to manager Don Mattingly.

In the top of the second inning, Acuna, who had been flexing his left arm as he took his position in left field, signaled to the bench and came out of the game. Entering the game, he was tied for second in the National League with 10 hit batters. There was no immediate word on his possible injury. Because he was forced from the game after being hit by the pitch in his only plate appearance, Acuna will be eligible to continue his streak of leadoff homers in his next game.

The Braves won the game 5-2 to complete a four-game sweep. The last-place Marlins have lost five straight and eight of nine.

Snitker believed Urena meant to hit Acuna with the pitch.

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Culberson had three hits, including two doubles.

Starlin Castro led off Miami's fourth with his 10th homer into the seats in right field. The Braves outfielder is producing at illogical levels for a 20-year-old rookie, who two years ago was listed as the organization's 18th best prospect before he began climbing stairs five steps at a time.

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. He was the first player to hit leadoff homers in three straight games since Brady Anderson led off with homers in four straight games in 1996 as a member of the Orioles. Urena's discipline will start Friday at Washington unless it is appealed.

Acuna was back in the lineup for the Braves on Thursday night against Colorado.

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