Friday night marked the return of the Marlins pitching vs. Braves All-Star Ronald Acuña Jr. saga.
Right-hander Pablo López was ejected after his first-pitch sinker hit Acuña's left elbow guard to open the bottom of the first inning between the National League East rivals at Truist Park. López visibly reacted when the pitch caught Acuña, who turned away from the mound and began to walk toward first base.
Braves manager Brian Snitker came out of the dugout to express his displeasure, and the umpiring crew conferred. Crew chief and second-base umpire Dan Iassogna then made the decision to eject López without issuing a warning. Marlins manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr., who were also ejected, pleaded López's case alongside him.