Ronald Acuna has words for Cardinals after Game 5 hit by pitch
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was left angry after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning of Game 5 of the NLDS by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty.
Acuna was hitting with a man on and two out in the bottom of the fifth with his team trailing 13-1. On a 1-2 pitch, he was drilled in the arm by Flaherty. In response, Acuna angrily talked and gestured at Flaherty and the Cardinals as he went to first.
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Both benches were warned by home plate umpire Tom Hallion as a result.
There’s a lot of backstory here. The Cardinals did not hide their unhappiness with Acuna after a Game 1 bat flip, and the Braves outfielder has been in a bit of a war of gestures with St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina for the remainder of the series. Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna was also hit by a pitch in the top of the third.
Was it intentional? The fact that it was in a 1-2 count would make it odd timing, but the Cardinals were up by 12, it was a fastball directly at the arm, and Flaherty hadn’t shown any signs of wildness. It’s suspicious at best, and the umpire agreed enough to issue warnings.