Alex Bregman eliminated from Home Run Derby in first round
CLEVELAND – Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was knocked out of the Home Run Derby in the first round on Monday.
Bregman swatted 16 homers but was eliminated by Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, who tallied 21 homers.
Bregman's longest homer was 417 feet, which wasn't long enough to activate a 30-second bonus round. Pederson hit 17 homers in the first 4 minutes, but did activate the bonus round and hit an additional 4 homers.
It marks the second consecutive year in which Bregman was eliminated from the Home Run Derby in the first round. In Washington, D.C., last year, Bregman hit 15 homers but lost to Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber, who was the contest's, eventual runner-up to Bryce Harper.
Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit 29 homers, eliminating A's third baseman Matt Chapman, who hit 13 with his father pitching to him.
Guerrero's 29 bombs broke the single-round record and he became the youngest contestant in Home Run Derby history at 20 years old.
On the other side of the bracket in the first round, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., who is 21, stepped up and crushed 24 homers. Acuna, the Home Run Derby's 8th seed, was going head-to-head with Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, the Derby's No. 1 seed.
Bell hit 18 homers and was eliminated.
Hometown slugger Carlos Santana, the Indians first baseman and designated hitter, hit 13 homers and was eliminated by Mets rookie Pete Alonso, who hit 14.
Guerrero Jr. opened the second round with 29 more homers, matching his first-round record.
Even after his historic performance, Guerrero Jr. was tied by Pederson, who also hit 29 homers in the second round, initiating a tiebreaker to see who would advance to the championship round.
Guerrero Jr. went first in the 1-minute tiebreaker, swatting 8 more homers, bringing his total to 37.
Pederson hit 8 more homers in the tiebreaker, initiating a swing off to see who advanced to the final round.
In the swing off, both players got three swings to see who advanced to the final round.
Guerrero Jr. went first and hit one homer in his three swings, bringing his second-round total to 38. Pederson also hit one homer, so the players were tied yet again.
Each player got three more swings and Guerrero Jr. hit 2 more homers, bringing his total to 40, a semifinal record. Peterson only hit 1 more and was eliminated, sending the 20-year-old phenom to the championship round.
Acuna blasted 19 homers in his second round and Alonso hit 20, setting up an all-rookie final round between the Mets' first-year player and Guerrero Jr.
Guerrero Jr. led off the championship round with 22 homers, bringing his 2019 Home Run Derby total to 91 homers, a record. He set the home run record for every round of the Home Run Derby.
Alonso hit 23, winning the contest.
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