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

Tanya Simon
August 17, 2018

He tied the Atlanta record of five straight games with a homer, set by Brian McCann in 2006. Urena was subsequently ejected, with many around the sport calling for a lengthy banishment.

Acuna - who will turn 21 in December - sat on the ground and was tended to by Braves medical personnel for a number of minutes as players and coaches convened from both sides, exchanging a few shoves but mostly heated yelling.

"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's a shame. This young man is just playing the game, doing what he loves to do".

The 97.5 miles per hour fastball hit Acuña square in the left elbow and left the hot-hitting rookie in pain.

The training staff signed off on Acuna returning to lineup after a CT scan on his elbow was normal.

Following a long delay to allow right-hander Elieser Hernandez, who replaced Urena, to throw his warm-up pitches, Acuna remained in the game to run the bases. There are ways to get the kid out.

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Urena has a history of control problems.

Because starters throw once every five games, their suspensions are never as severe as they sound.

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.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, because of Rule 9.23, Acuna's streak of homering in five straight games remains intact because he was hit by the pitch in his only plate appearance.

Acuna, 20, made Major League Baseball history when he led off each of the first three games in the series against the Marlins with a home run to become the youngest player to hit a home run in five consecutive games.

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