Rhys Hoskins makes impact in Home Run Derby

Mae Harvey
July 19, 2018

The hometown hero proceeded to swat a walk-off bomb to straight-away center to seal it.

It could have been a scene from a playoff game.

Wearing a District of Columbia flag bandanna on his forehead, Harper hit 13 homers at Nationals Park to eliminate Freddie Freeman in the first round of the competition the night before the All-Star Game.

Asked Tuesday how he can beat the shift, Harper said: "You can't".

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Harper came through this time, winning the event and saving Nationals' fans a lot of money in the process.

Oh, also ... love from the future teammates?

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom will follow Scherzer for the NL.

The victor had six home runs that year.

With 1 minute and 20 seconds left in his four-minute block, Harper trailed 18-9. He homered on nine of his last 10 swings before entering extra time. That made the victory even sweeter.

"I better figure it out or I'm going to lose", he said of his mindset. "I told him I'd like him to throw to me and things like that and talked to him a little bit today".

Bryce Harper, who said he was exhausted after taking his cuts in the first round, certainly appeared gassed in the final round. The enthusiastic announcing of ESPN's Chris "Back-Back-Back" Berman, and slugging feats like Ken Griffey Junior hitting the Camden Yards warehouse in the 1993 contest, helped make the Derby a highlight of All-Star Week. In the semis, Harper topped Max Muncy 13-12 to advance to the finals.

Schwarber went first in the Final Round, drilling 18 homers. "I knew that he had the home crowd behind him". How many home runs would he hit?

Players had four minutes to smack as many home runs as they could over the outfield walls in a knockout format, with bonus time earned for especially long blasts.

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