MLB's six-game suspension of Jose Ureña is not enough

Hope Soto
August 18, 2018

On the first pitch he threw Wednesday, the Marlins starter beaned Acuna, causing the Atlanta and Miami dugouts to empty as the Braves' phenom winced at the pain in his left elbow.

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. Acuna remained in the game to run the bases but later exited during warmups before the start of the second inning. The Marlins pitcher was ejected, as was Braves manager Brian Snitker for getting into it with Urena.

After the scene settled down, the umpires conferred and ejected Urena, who hit Acuna with a fastball measured at 97.5 miles per hour, from the game. "I stand firmly by what I said, and I don't think the pitch was that bad", Hernandez said. "That's a shame. The young man is just playing the game, doing what he loves to do".

"Fastest pitch he's thrown all year and it was clearly intentional and it wasn't right", Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. "You've got to hit him", Hernandez said.

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"They're killing you. You lost three games. My God. That was just completely, unbelievably uncalled for".

The Braves also got the last laugh, winning 5-2 to complete a four-game series sweep. The 20-year-old went into the game having homered in five straight games, including four homers in the three games against Miami - three of them leading off. That led to a protest from Marlins manager Don Mattingly.

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.

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 three-game streak of leadoff homers in his next game.

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