Pete Alonso of the New York Mets won the Home Run Derby (and it’s $1 million prize), but Vlad Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays won the hearts of fans last night.
Guerrero set the derby record with 91 total home runs, including 40 in a second round that went to multiple tiebreakers with Joc Pederson of the Dodgers.
9️⃣1️⃣ homers‼️ What a show by Vlad. ???? https://t.co/J4Qt7Z8RWc
Vlad Jr. and Joc went swing for swing the entire way. At the end of regulation and bonus time, they had each crushed 29 home runs … tying the single-round Derby record Vlad Jr. had just set in the first round. That forced a one-minute tiebreaker … and at the end of it, they were tied again, with each player tallying eight homers in the additional 60 seconds. So it went to a three-swing swing-off … and they each hit one more. Finally, in the second swing-off, Vlad Jr. outhomered Peterson, 2-1, to advance to the finals.
But again, Alonso still won the overall contest…
Goodnight. #HRDerby https://t.co/CuFrPv4dDM
Alonso walked off in all three rounds — beating hometown favorite Carlos Santana with home run No. 14 in Round 1, Acuna with No. 20 in Round 2 and Vlad Jr. with a buzzer-beating No. 23 in the finals. Alonso earned bonus time in every round of the Derby; he never needed it.