Bryce Harper wins Home Run Derby in home park

Lynette Rowe
July 19, 2018

Hometown favorite Bryce Harper rallied in the final round, connecting on pitches from his father to beat Schwarber 19-18 and win the Home Run Derby.

- Bryce Harper's prolific performance during the Home Run Derby benefitted some Washington Nationals fans looking for a cheap ticket for a future game. He launched the winning blast on his second extra swing, holding his bat over his head and walking down the first-base line as it cleared the center-field fence.

The other semifinal saw Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers go against Harper.

Long and towering home runs are part of Kyle Schwarber's repertoire during his first four seasons, with a few of them as major moments in a memorable era for the franchise. He homered on almost half of his swings.

"I think just being able to do it in D.C., being able to do it in front of the fans, have fun and enjoy that", Harper said.

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The Home Run Derby is an annual competition to score the most home runs, leading to plenty of opportunities for audience catches.

The All-Star Home Run Derby used to capture the imagination of fans and All-Stars alike, but it appears that numerous game's biggest boppers have cooled on the idea. Whoever hits the most dingers by the end of their time advances to the next round.

With 24 home runs this season, Aguilar was the top seed and faced Philadelphia Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins in the opening round.

Harper won the Derby, but Schwarber cleared the highest bar, hitting an insurmountable 55 home runs during the three-round event.

Next, Schwarber edged the Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, 16-15. However, Schwarber hit a hot streak and edged him out with time to spare. Baez hit the longest shot of the Derby, a 479-footer.

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