The 2021 Home Run Derby at Coors Field includes some of baseball’s most electrifying sluggers with Mets first baseman Pete Alonso back to defend the crown he’s held since the event last took place two years ago
Top-seeded Shohei Ohtani, who leads the majors with 33 home runs, was upset in the first round by Juan Soto of the Nationals in a wild matchup that required a second tie-breaking swing-off to decide. The Angels’ two-way star appearance in the derby was just 24 hours before he takes the field as the AL’s starting pitcher and leadoff hitter in the Midsummer Classic.
Alonso set a first-round record with 35 home runs and defeated Royals catcher Salvador Perez, setting up a semifinal matchup with Soto.
Stay tuned for live updates throughout the night as the home runs fly into the Denver sky:
Home Run Derby second round
Pete Alonso (Mets) vs. Juan Soto (Nationals)
Soto — 15 HR — longest 481 feet: Soto used the whole field again and added four in his bonus minute to put the pressure on Alonso.
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Trey Mancini (Orioles) defeats Trevor Story (Rockies)
Story – 12 HR – longest 477 feet: The subject of trade rumors, Story couldn’t really get into a groove in front of his home fans.
Mancini – 13 HR – longest 475 feet: Walked it off with 23 seconds left on the clock and advances to the final, where he will meet Pete Alonso or Juan Soto.
Home Run Derby first round results
No. 8 Juan Soto (Nationals) defeats No. 1 Shohei Ohtani (Angels)
Soto — 22 HR — longest 520 feet: Soto used the entire field, spraying homers to left and center including a 520-foot shot to right that goes as the longest of the night so far.
Ohtani – 22 HR – longest 513 feet: The Angels star rallied late to tie Soto, destroying balls into right field.
TIEBREAKER, 28-28: Both hit six homers in the additional minute, but Ohtani was unable to break the tie with several attempts.
SWING-OFF: Soto homered on all three swings, putting the pressure on Ohtani who failed to homer on his first attempt.