On Wednesday Nights game between Atlanta Braves and Miami, a hideous scene was witnessed by the audience which was both shocking and agitating. The 20-year-old outfielder, Ronald Acuna was hit on the left elbow by the Marlins Starter Jose Urena.
The ball was said to be the fastest yet, thrown by Urena and it was at a speed of 97.5 mph. another disturbing fact was that it looked as if he intended to hit Acuna on purpose.
Acuna has a fine record of home runs. He had homered in five games in a series. In past 8 games, he has made eight home runs and three opening home runs leaving one more to make the MLB record and as a matter of coincidence, all of them have been against Marlins.
Maybe that became the reason of Urena’s contempt and maybe he decided to take some kind of revenge, though a poor move on his part.
After the deed was done Acuna who was hit sat on the ground for several minutes trying to endure the pain inflicted by his opponent on him. The Brave’s Manager Brian Snitker was fuming with anger at this, he never in his career has ever been seen in an outraged state such as on Wednesday.
“To get hit like that when all he’s doing is playing the game, he’s not doing anything to show anybody up,” Snitker said. “He’s just playing the game. He’s a young, talented kid. That’s a shame that happened. What happens if they hit him there and it breaks his elbow and he’s done for the year? With what we’re trying to accomplish here and where we’re at, there’s no reason for that. I mean, this is a game.”
It took both the coaches and umpires to stop Manager Brian Snitker from getting near Urena. He was soon ejected by the third-base umpire Paul Nauert and the crew chief. Benches were left empty as both teams came to the mound to see what has been through. Even the team members felt it was outrageous:
“It was gutless,” Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “I know that wasn’t the Marlins. That was just Jose Urena. I don’t understand it. Just because a kid is having fun playing a game and having incredible success makes no sense.”
Starter Jose Urena was also ejected even after Marlins manager Don Mattingly condemnation and right-hander Elieser Hernandez took his place but Acuna lingered to run the bases, after second inning he left the mound no longer able to bear the pain. The attack by the Marlins starter was a meager attempt to put Braves low. Atlanta Braves did not get revenge but won (5-2) against Miami Marlin nonetheless.
“I’m not sure I’ve ever felt like that in a baseball uniform,” Snitker said. “That was just my emotion. That kid didn’t deserve that.”
In the middle of the game, Dansby Swanson, the Braves’ Shortstop made a tremendous homer and dedicated this to his team-mate Acuna by making his gestures at the end.
Acuna’s injury was unfortunate but the game still continues as he has not been able to make a home-run once more. The teams will meet again in Miami for a rematch starting from 23rd to 26th of August.