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Swanson fills void after Acuna’s exit as Braves top Marlins

Swanson fills void after Acuna’s exit as Braves top Marlins

Snitker had angry words for the pitcher as he led the first exodus from Atlanta's dugout toward the mound.

The Miami Marlins - formerly the Florida Marlins until other cities in the state objected to being associated with the franchise - had been humiliated by the Braves for three straight games. Members from both teams began emptying out of the dugouts and a brawl quickly erupted.

Keith Hernandez, an active Twitter user, has heard the outrage over his comments made Wednesday about Jose Urena's controversial pitch at Ronald Acuna. No punches were thrown. Acuna had homered in five straight games, seven of eight, and was looking to lead off a game with a homer for the fourth straight game.

Snitker believed Urena meant to hit Acuna with the pitch. After the melee calmed down, the umpires huddled and then home plate umpire Chad Fairchild ejected Urena and warned both benches.




Hernandez, who was providing commentary for the Mets' game against the Baltimore Orioles, implied hitting Acuña was a no-brainer for Ureña.

Acuna had hit leadoff homers in his three previous games, all against the Marlins, including a doubleheader Monday.

Acuña stayed in after being hit but left before the top of the second inning. He could receive a suspension, and Marlins Manager Don Mattingly will likely have to face questions about whether his starting pitcher was instructed to bean Acuna, went rogue or simply missed his location. The Braves also got the last laugh, winning 5-2 to complete a four-game series sweep.


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