In between, Acuña was drilled in the left hip by a 98 mph fastball from Sandy Alcantara. That got the sides barking at each other, given the history between Acuña and the Marlins.
In 2018, when Acuña was a rookie and on a big homer-hitting streak, Miami’s José Ureña nailed him with a fastball on his first pitch. He’s become a Marlins target over the years.
“I looked over to their bench and said, ‘It’s been five times,’” Acuña said through a translator. “At this point I think we’ve grown accustomed to it.”
Alcantara insisted he didn’t intend to hit Acuña and that Miami’s game plan is simply to pitch inside to him. But the Marlins starter didn’t stop there.
Miami right-hander Pablo Lopez makes his postseason debut when he starts Game 2. Ian Anderson pitches for the Braves, having allowed two hits and struck out nine in six scoreless innings against Cincinnati in the wild-card series.
George Springer and the Houston Astros can sweep rival Oakland and reach their fourth consecutive AL Championship Series. Springer, the 2017 World Series MVP, homered twice Tuesday as the Astros topped the Athletics 5-2 for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five Division Series. Springer’s 17 postseason homers tied Nelson Cruz and Jim Thome for most through a player’s first 54 postseason games. Five of them have come at Dodger Stadium, where the Astros beat the Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series and clinched the MVP award.