Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ronald Acuna Jr. returns, snaps HR streak

Ronald Acuna Jr. returns, snaps HR streak

Ronald Acuna's chance to extend his three-game streak of leadoff homers was put on hold when the Marlins' Jose Urena hit him with his first pitch on Wednesday night, triggering a melee that led to benches and bullpens for Atlanta and Miami emptying twice.

Braves reliever Peter Moylan, who is on the disabled list, did not mince words about what Hernandez said. But he's not changing his mind about what he believes was Urena's right to pitch inside to Acuna after Acuna homered in five straight games. 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.

The hit-by-pitch occurred with the Marlins leading 1-0 on a Brian Anderson RBI single.

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.

There was no immediate update on Acuna's apparent injury.

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As for the game itself, the Braves were definitely fired up. Entering the game, he was tied for second in the National League with 10 hit batters.

Snitker called Urena's actions a "damn shame" after the game.

Adam Duvall replaced Acuna in left field. Snitker said he did not think the ball hit Acuna directly on the elbow and that Acuna came out of the game more because he was cramping.

Jose Urena apparently was not going to let Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a leadoff home run for a fourth straight game. Unless appealed, the suspension is scheduled to begin Friday at Washington.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (8-7, 4.33) will look to continue his success against the Rockies in Thursday night's opener of a four-game series. They clobbered the Marlins 5-2.

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