You might remember that the catwalk at Tropicana Field got in the way of Kevin Kiermaier attempting to make a play on a Kendrys Morales fly ball on Friday night. He had no such problem tonight in Baltimore, robbing Manny Machado of a home run with an excellent leaping catch:
The play is reminiscent of Mike Trout’s leaping catch at Camden Yards from 2012, though it looks like Kiemaier jumped higher. The reaction of Chris Archer might be the best part. He appears to be a combination of relieved and awestruck. Rightfully so.
Kiermaier left tonight’s game in the third inning after the catch. We’ll pass along an update on his status when it’s made available.
UPDATE: Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune passes along word that Kiermaier suffered a mild right ankle sprain while making the catch. He’s considered day-to-day.
The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.