Marlins starter ejected after hitting Ronald Acuña Jr. with first pitch of game

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By , Audacy Sports

Don Mattingly and the Miami Marlins didn't exactly get length out of their starter Friday evening.

Pablo López got the ball for the Marlins in Atlanta Friday, and was ejected after hitting Ronald Acuña Jr. with the first pitch of the game:

You don't have to be especially great at reading lips to gather that Mattingly objected to the decision of the umpires:

The quick hook was perhaps a bit excessive, but it may have been the umpire's way of keeping this game from getting out of hand. Acuña has been hit more than five times in his career against the Marlins, including in Game 1 of the postseason series between the two National League East rivals in 2020:

Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara even said after this game that he'd be willing to fight Acuña:

Acuña entered the game with a .330/.426/.700 career slash line in 51 games against the Marlins, along with 20 home runs, by far his most against any opponent.

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