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Marlins' Urena Drills Acuna - Triggers Bench Clearing Brawl Against Braves

Alex Donno
August 16, 2018 - 2:13 pm

It's not for the best of reasons, but the Miami Marlins stole Major League Baseball's headlines on Wednesday Night. 

Throwing his very first pitch of the night to red hot Ronald Acuna, Miami starter Jose Urena hits Acuna dead square on the elbow (knocking him out of the game.) Acuna had homered in five straight games, including three straight against Miami.

Urena's stunt triggered a bench-clearing brawl...

As you'd expect, Urena was ejected from the game.

The Miami's Herald's Andre Fernandez covered the aftermath, with Marlins manager Don Mattingly and Urena addressing the matter.

After the game, Urena claimed there was no intent to hit Acuna, Jr.

“I think for me I feel pretty bad,” Urena said. “People get upset and things like that, but I got upset too because how am I going to wait five days to go out there and make one pitch and get kicked out of the game? That don’t make sense, right? Always I throw inside. That’s my way for to get outs. I go inside try to take advantage and try to move [the batter’s> feet and that’s the thing.”

Mattingly also said: “Obviously, this is not something that we represent or believe in as an organization, or myself too. I would never want that kid getting hit and cause that kind of problem. I understand, yeah. If we were on the other side, and our guy was hitting homers all over the place and that happens, you’re going to be fired up. So, you understand.”

WQAM's "The Big O" Orlando Alzugaray pulled no punches when discussing Urena on Monday, calling the Marlins' starter "a coward."

In some cases, the unwritten rules of baseball go too far. In this case, Urena was completely in the wrong.