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, and the pitch was clearly deemed intentional by the umpires, who ejected Urena.Ryan M. Spaeder theaceofspaeder#Marlins Jose Urena is ejected after hitting #Braves Ronald Acuna Jr. He is the first pitcher to be tossed after hitting the first batter of the game since Angels John Lackey鈥攚ho plunked Rangers Ian Kinsler鈥攐n May 16, 2009.Acuna didn't finish the game, though X-rays after the contest came back negative, per theAssociated Press. And his teammates, understandably, were not happy with Urena."He's been swinging the ball incredibly well, obviously," Braves first basemanFreddie Freemansaid of Acuna Keith Hernandez Jersey
, per the AP. "It just makes no sense. It was just completely classless on Jose Urena's part.""I'm not sure I've ever felt like that in a baseball uniform,"Braves manager Brian Snitkeradded. "[Acuna] didn't deserve that. ... I've had three hours to calm down and all of a sudden I'm not real good right now."The general consensus around baseball was that Urena's beaning was absolutely uncalled for:Brandon McCarthy BMcCarthy32Garbage baseball. Hard to throw one pitch and piss off two clubhouses so good luck Jose dealing with the mess youve made.Buster Olney Buster_ESPNThe fact that Urena dropped his glove as the Braves bench emptied and seemed to beckon them forward tells you all you need to know about his intent.Buster Olney Buster_ESPNImagine if, in the middle of a no-hitter, a hitter charged the mound and whacked the unsuspecting pitcher on the arm with a bat just because the pitcher was dominating. Thats basically what happened with Urena/Acuna.Matt Marrone thebigmKiermaier: quot;Im speaking for a lot of other guys. I got a kid on the way, coming November now, so if you try to hit me on purpose, you go high and tight, thats risking health problems and, Im not gonna say life-threatening Jorge De La Rosa Jersey
, but, that baseball can do a lot of damage to someone.quot;Matt Marrone thebigmquot;I would have had no problem if he wouldve hit me. He ended up missing. The game went on. But theres other times when guys are out of line and you have to defend yourself.quot;"It seemed pretty blatant to me," New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, perDo-Hyoung Park and Daniel Kramerof MLB.com."You know, I hate that. I'll just kind of leave it at that. It had a bad look.""Look, I don't know if it was intentional or not. I saw what I saw," Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash added. "You'd hate to see any player, young player, veteran player http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-taijuan-walker-jersey
, that's having success and going about it the right way. You don't want to see anybody get hurt to the point they're taken out of the ballgame."Acuna, 20, is hitting .288 with 19 homers, 43 RBI, 49 runs and eight stolen bases this season. He's a crucial figure for a Braves team battling for an NL East title and a postseason berth. Thankfully for the Braves, it appears he won't miss any time after being struck by Urena's fastball.