Harper defeats Schwarber to win Home Run Derby

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was the favorite to win the 2018 Home Run Derby heading into the event, and with good reason. 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. That's when this happened.

In the final round, Harper was trailing Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs 18-9 with about 50 seconds remaining.

Alone at the end of the night stood Harper, the hometown slugger facing comparisons to the hero of Ernest Thayer's famed 1888 poem, "Casey at the Bat". Naturally, they did what most angry people do on the internet.

The semifinal matchup between Schwarber and Philadelphia's Rhys Hoskins was a thriller.

His teammate Javier Baez couldn't get out of the first round of the competition as he was beaten by the Dodgers' Max Muncy 17-16 in the first round. Báez was a popular pick among fans, and didn't disappoint at all with his strong showing.

It was a fight for Schwarber to advance through each round, starting with a close call against Bregman in the first round. Schwarber took his time while launching 16 skyscrapers. However, it was just barely enough to hold off a late-surging Bregman, who hit 15.

Because he hit two homers over 440 feet, Harper got 30 seconds of extra time.

Yes, it was. The Home Run Derby was tonight. However, Schwarber hit a hot streak and edged him out with time to spare. It was the best moment that didn't involve Harper.

Even as a television-centric spectacle, the Home Run Derby provides excitement for fans in the seats.

Hoskins drove out 17 homers to eliminate Aguilar who hit 12. Schwarber racked up the highest total of runs with 55.

Where is the Home Run Derby next season?

Next year, the All-Star festivities and the Derby will move to Progressive Field in Cleveland.

  • Rosalie Stanley