Don Mattingly 'tired' of Acuna 'drama' after latest plunking

By , Audacy Sports

The Braves and Marlins added a new chapter to the their apparent beef over the frequent plunking of Atlanta star Ronald Acuna Jr.

Acuna was held back by the home-plate umpire Jordan Baker and Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro after he was drilled with an off-speed offering by Miami reliever Anthony Bender in the seventh inning of Friday night's game at LoanDepot Park.

Acuna eventually relented and took off toward first base, slamming his protective gear to the turf along the way.

The hit-by-pitch was already Acuna's seventh at the hands of a Marlins pitcher since his Major League debut, in 2018. For his career, the two-time All-Star had been plunked 28 times in 1,761 plate appearances through Friday's action, so the Marlins were responsible for a full quarter of them.

Tensions hit an unusual new high in the row last week, when Miami starter Pablo Lopez was tossed in the first inning after drilling Acuna with his first pitch of the game.

No ejections were issued over Friday night's incident, despite the flaring tempers.

Braves manager Brian Snitker expressed satisfaction with the overall handling of the situation after the game, saying it was "not a big deal," but Marlins skipper Don Mattingly indicated frustration with the ongoing narrative about the plunkings.

"I've really grown tired of the drama, honestly,'' Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "I'm sure anybody that's ever played the game, talked about it saw that wasn't intentional. I'm tired about it, tired of talking about it.''

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