On Wednesday night in the series finale between the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves, Urena chose to attempt to slow down Braves phenom Ronald Acuña Jr.by throwing a 98 miles per hour directly at him.
Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) stands between pitcher Jose Urena (62) and Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker (43) as the dugouts empty after Urena hit the Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch during the first inning on August 15, 2018. In fact, in each of the previous three games he hit a finger to lead-off the game.
The first pitch of the night to Ronald Acuña Jr.
Jose Urena apparently was not going to let Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a leadoff home run for a fourth straight game. X-rays on Acuna's left elbow were negative, and the Braves are expected to announce results of a CT scan sometime Thursday.
And leading the charge onto the field, Wednesday, was none other than Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker as the Braves emptied the bench to confront the now-vilified Miami pitcher.
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.
"That kid didn't deserve that".
"I think it's pretty evident what I thought", Snitker said after the game, which the Braves won 5-2 to complete a four-game sweep. "That was incredibly classless on Jose Urena's part". From there, the situation escalated into a benches-clearing situation as the Braves clearly felt there were bad intentions behind the Urena's pitch.
Acuna, 20, entered the game on a rare power streak.
Adam Duvall replaced Acuna in left field.
Urena has a history of control problems.
Acuna hit two homers in Tuesday night's 10-6 win over the Marlins. He tied for the major league lead with 14 hit batters in 2017.
Acuña entered having homered in a Braves franchise record tying five straight games.