It's the hit of the night that everybody is talking about. Jose Urena threw a pitch at Ronald Acuña that hit him right in the body. Whether it was an error or done due to Jason Smith's reasoning which was to prevent Acuña from hitting the ball into the stands it certainly got both benches fired up.
Was this play just baseball or completely unnecessary? Here's Jason Smith's take below.
I completely get Ronald Acuna getting drilled. He's led off 3 games w/HR's. Sometimes he showboats a bit. This is how the other team evens the playing field & makes him less comfortable. It all falls under the heading of "That's baseball."— Jason Smith (@howaboutafresca) August 16, 2018
Fans haven't Been incredibly happy about this take, however:
This is like if someone tried to break Baker Mayfield's arm in game action because he threw touchdowns and showboats a bit. "That's baseball" is code for I'm an idiot tethered to outdated thinking— Mike Foster🍑 (@MikeFoster_ATL) August 16, 2018
Some folks understand where Jason Smith is coming from...
I think the “makes him less comfortable part” is more important. Nobody wants someone to be hit, but that guy walked to the plate feeling invincible today. Not so much when he left. Like it or not, that’s what pitchers have to do when hitters are as hot as the sun— JMACK (@RMcardsfan) August 16, 2018
Here's the play below.
Jason Smith and Mike Harmon break down Ronald Acuña Jr. getting hit by a pitch and tell you why it's just baseball in the link below.