Braves' Ronald Acuña gets revenge homer and bat-flip against Jose Ureña
Ureña received a suspension after plunking the young Atlanta star last season
On Friday night in Miami, the Braves opposed the Marlins and starting pitcher Jose Urena (ATL-MIA GameTracker). That's significant because Ureña last season drilled Braves young phenom Ronald Acuna . Although Ureña of course denied intent, he was eventually dinged with a suspension by MLB for his actions. The reasonable suspicion is that Ureña threw at Acuña simply because he'd been ritually abusing the Marlins.
In a sense, the issue was laid to rest when Acuña's teammate Kevin Gausman was ejected back in May for throwing behind Ureña. All that was left was for Acuña himself to get a little revenge. That happened on Friday evening:
Not only did Acuña hit a 398-foot, 106.1-mph homer off his nemesis, but he also carried his implement of destruction with him down the basepath before giving it a triumphant flip. Hey, why not revisit that particular flourish:
The best revenge is living well, and Mr. Acuña just lived well at the expense of Mr. Ureña.
That was Acuña's 13th homer of the season, and the 21-year-old future MVP is now batting .288/.371/.488 on the year. As for Ureña, after getting bombed by the Braves his ERA for 2019 now stands at 4.70 after 13 starts.
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