MIAMI – Ronald Acuna Jr. was detained after being toppled during the Atlanta Braves’ 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.
Miami relief Anthony Bender hit Acuna with a slider in the seventh. A frustrated Acuna stared and walked towards Bender before being held back by Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro and home record referee Jordan Baker. Acuna headed for first base and slammed his protective elbow gear to the ground.
Marlins pitchers have hit Acuna seven times since the triple All-Star’s rookie season in 2018, including with the first pitch in Atlanta’s first bat in their July 2 match. The hit-by-pitch resulted in the draft of Miami starter Pablo Lopez.
“I’m really tired of the drama, to be honest,” said Miami manager Don Mattingly. I’m tired of it, tired of talking about it. ”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.