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Hometown slugger wins All-Star Home Run Derby

18 July, 2018, 12:23 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is the headliner on his home field tonight as the 2018 Home Run Derby gets underway at Nationals Park. With his second swing in bonus time, Harper homered to straightaway center field for No. 19. Outfield seats come at a premium for the derby, as they yield the opportunity of catching home run balls.

The hashtag #JusticeforSchwarber sprang up, and the Home Run Derby truthers were out there.

"It's unbelievable", Harper said afterward.

Taking on eighth-seeded Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies, fifth-seeded Schwarber drove out the most home runs in a single round of any competitor up until that point by blasting 21 bombs. The Cubs' lefty faced the Houston Astro's Alex Bregman in the first round.

Bryce Harper cheated. Or his dad cheated. Unfortunately, he ran into a home run-hitting machine in Schwarber, who bested him with 16.

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The crowd of 43,698 erupted at Nationals Park when Harper downed Muncy 13-12 with 1:11 left on the clock.

And while Harper has been in a slump over the past few months, he's still in his prime at 25 years of age, and he weighs 230 pounds - most of which is lean muscle.

After stunning top-seed Jesus Aguilar of Milwaukee in the opening round, the eighth-seeded Hoskins ripped 20 long balls to put the pressure on Schwarber.

Harper finished second in the 2013 Derby, but things went better this time.

With 17, Hoskins tied Muncy for the most in the first round, though Muncy and Harper stopped before time expired because they had already beaten their opponent. The event simply lacked the kind of star power that it regularly featured in the past, which might not bode well for the future.

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