Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo had a nice achievement on Thursday evening against the Tigers, smacking his 69th career home run. The blast came in the top of the second inning with a man on base. Gallo pulverized a 2-1 slider from Matt Boyd.
Along with 69 career dingers, Gallo also has 143 RBI in 283 career games. This season, he has 21 round-trippers and 48 RBI in 85 games.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña has been on a tear lately, homering in five consecutive games and in seven of his last eight. His last three games, all against the Marlins, have featured a leadoff home run.
Understandably, Marlins starter José Ureña was not eager to face Acuña leading off Wednesday night’s game. However, Ureña got around facing Acuña by drilling him in the left elbow with a first-pitch, 97.5 MPH fastball. The benches emptied. No punches were thrown, but there was a lot of yelling.
Braves manager Brian Snitker was thrown out after yelling at the umpires because Ureña was not immediately ejected. The umpires conferred and later decided to eject him before play resumed. They then issued warnings to both teams.
Ureña will almost certainly be fined and suspended by Major League Baseball. And he should be.