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It was a battle of the MLB sophomores in the final round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night at Citi Field in New York.
Yoenis Cespedes and Bryce Harper each advanced with 23 and 16 homers respectively. Harper hit eight in each of the two rounds while Cespedes hit 17 of his in the first round for a great show for the fans at the All-Star Game festivities.
With one AL and NL hitter in the finals, both put on quite a show. Harper started off with three straight homers without an out and finished the finals with another eight longballs.
Cespedes only needed five outs to crush nine home runs, including a 455-foot bomb to center to beat Harper in the final round. It is the fourth straight season where an AL player won the Home Run Derby.
In the first round, it was a struggle for most of the hitters to hit the ball out of Citi Field. Robinson Cano came in dead last with only four homers. Defending champion Prince Fielder and hometown hero David Wright each had five dingers. Pedro Alvarez finished one homer short of a tie in fourth with six.
Michael Cuddyer would advance with seven home runs. Chris Davis and Harper each had eight as Cespedes put on quite a performace with his 17 in the first round.
In the second round, the power began to diminish some for some the tired batters. Davis hit only four more for a total of 12. Cuddyer hit eight homers to put him at 15, but failed to reach the finals as Harper hit just enough to advance against Cespedes.