Urena banned 6 games for hitting Acuna

On Wednesday night in the series finale between the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves, Urena made a decision to attempt to slow down Braves phenom Ronald Acuña Jr.by throwing a 98 miles per hour directly at him.

Braves first-base coach Eric Young was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his role in the incident, Major League Baseball said Thursday. 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. It's a damn shame what happened that first pitch of the game.

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

Fortunately, initial X-rays on Acuña's elbow were negative, although the team still is awaiting the results of a CT scan.

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena unleashed a 97 miles per hour fastball to open the game against Acuna.

Acuna was hit near his left elbow and remained on the ground for a few minutes as players from both sides shouted at one another, pushing and shoving.

Snitker, who seemed to be having trouble choosing his words, said, "I've had three hours to calm down, and all of a sudden I'm not real good right now".

"That kid didn't deserve that". From there, the situation escalated into a benches-clearing situation as the Braves clearly felt there were bad intentions behind the Urena's pitch.

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.

The Braves start a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies at 7:35 p.m. Thursday. He hit two homers in Tuesday night's 10-6 win over the Marlins. Entering the game, he was tied for second in the National League with 10 hit batters. Adam Duvall replaced him in left field.

  • Stacy Allen