Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber finishes second in the MLB Home Run Derby

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2018

Harper cinched the win over Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs in walk-off fashion, which, as you would expect, made for an exciting moment in the nation's capital.

Ultimately, though, a gassed Schwarber couldn't quite take down Harper, but man did he make it fun in the process.

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals leads the field of eight and will act as host in Nationals Park in Washington DC.

In all likelihood, Harper was just messing around to stay loose. And in each case, he went on a tear, hitting 12 homers after the breather in both rounds.

But hey, with hair like that and a headband, Harper can bunt if he wants. Max Muncy then knocked out Baez, walking out of the batter's box on his 17th homer with about 30 seconds left on the 4-minute clock.

Harper hit 13 home runs in the first round, eliminating Freddie Freeman and advancing to the semifinals.

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Jesus Aguilar represented the Milwaukee Brewers in the Home Run Derby on Monday night, but fell short in the first round.

After the first two head-to-head sets by the major leaguers, the finalists in the All-Star High School Home Run Derby - top national prospects Rece Hinds and Bobby Witt Jr. - took their turns, with Witt winning with just seconds remaining in his turn.

Aguilar hit too many balls to straightaway center, where the wall stands over 400 feet from the plate.

The semifinal matchup between Schwarber and Philadelphia's Rhys Hoskins went down to the final swing.

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.

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

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