Monday, 10 December, 2018

Kyle Schwarber narrowly escapes Alex Bregman to advance in Home Run Derby

Nationals-Pirates-Baseball Rhys Hoskins lights up the Home Run Derby, eliminated in the semifinals
Frederick Owens | 17 July, 2018, 14:57

According to online sportsbook Bovada, Bryce Harper is the favorite (+225), followed by Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber at +350 and Cubs second baseman Javier Baez at +500.

I pledged some big money to Make-A-Wish for the BN Blogathon fundraiser, and I'm all too happy to give $1 for each Cubs homer, plus another $100 for Schwarber making the final: $171 headed to Make-A-Wish! The venue will also host the 2018 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

As a spectator, the 2018 Home Run Derby was tons of fun.

Muncy then easily took out Báez with time to spare, walking away after hitting 17 homers. Smacking nine homers after the timeout to top Hoskins, who hit 20 total round-trippers in the second round, Schwarber blasted a 462-foot walk-off moonshot down the right-field line that brought with it a worthy bat flip.

Harper hit 13 home runs in each of the first two rounds, eliminating Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves in the quarterfinals and Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the semifinal.

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Hoskins, Schwarber and Muncy are the three derby participants who were not named All-Stars.

Next, Schwarber edged the Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, 16-15.

After Freeman hit 12 home runs over the 4-minute span, Harper unleashed six shots of at least 440 feet and secured the victory with a drive to center long before the clock expired. However, Schwarber hit a hot streak and edged him out with time to spare.

Harper joins Ryne Sandberg and Todd Frazier as the only players to win the Home Run Derby at their home ballparks.

The fans dutifully cheered most home runs during the first round, but they saved their loudest cheers for Harper, the last player to step to the plate. If anything, the way that the current bracket is set up, Baez has a real chance to break into the Derby finale.

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