Game 5 of the NLDS has been an absolute nightmare for the Braves, and things got a bit worse in the fifth inning. Already down 12-0 Ronald Acuña Jr. was plunked by Jack Flaherty, just a few frames after St. Louis outfielder Marcell Ozuna was drilled in the forearm with a fastball. The Braves young superstar subsequently walked down the first base line staring down the Cardinals right-hander and angrily gesturing his direction.
As you can tell, the benches did not clear, but both sides were issued a warning by the home plate umpire.
We understand that Acuña is filled with emotions as he wasn't given a chance to have say in the outcome of this win-or-go-home showdown, but we don't necessarily think Flaherty would intentionally hit him four pitches into the at-bat, with two strikes nonetheless. That would've likely transpired on the first pitch, but judge for yourself:
There is still three-plus innings of baseball to be played, however. If another player, on either side, happens to be beaned, we could be treated to some bench-clearing theatrics.
Don't change that channel just yet, folks!