Brewers’ Aguilar falls short in Home Run Derby

Annette Crawford
July 18, 2018

Nationals slugger Harper smashed a total of 45 home runs to win the event, the traditional warm-up attraction for Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game, which is also being staged at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Schwarber started rather slowly, but began cranking jack after jack and hit his 21st just as the four-minute clock expired.

The night was dominated by the Nationals' superstar.

The 2015 NL MVP beat Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves and Max Muncy of the Dodgers before trumping the fifth-seeded Schwarber, who put the pressure on with a solid outing before Harper stepped to the plate. That's when this happened. Harper went on to knock off Schwarber in the final round to claim the Home Run Derby title. Outfield seats come at a premium for the derby, as they yield the opportunity of catching home run balls.

The Cubs' outfielder fell behind early with only two home runs in the first minute of his round.


The second round battle between Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins proved to be the best on the undercard, as Schwarber mounted an fantastic comeback with 21 home runs. He even added a bat flip for emphasis on his walk-off swing.

Muncy advanced by defeating No. 6 seed Javier Baez of the Cubs, 16-15. Schwarber took his time while launching 16 skyscrapers. The hometown favorite Harper - who had only had to hit 13 long-balls in each of the last two rounds to advance - smashed 19 to defeat Schwarber 19-18.

Schwarber went first and banged 18 homers. "I told him I'd like him to throw to me and things like that and talked to him a little bit today".

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