Kyle Schwarber finishes second at MLB Home Run Derby

Home Run Derby results today: Bryce Harper of Washington Nationals wins

Bryce Harper Caught Fire At The End Of The Final Round To Win The 2018 Home Run Derby

Schwarber hit consistently well all evening, and blasted 18 home runs in his final round. Apparently, the rule of the home run derby is that the pitcher can't throw the hitter another ball until the last one they hit touches the ground. They had cheered Harper throughout, screaming "Let's go, Bryce!" and gently heckling his opponents. Hoskins upset top-seed Jesus Aguilar of the Milwaukee Brewers in the opening round Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The eighth-seeded Hoskins ripped 17 long balls to make it to the semi-finals.

Schwarber racked up 18 home runs, and Harper was barely scraping by during the first half of his plate appearance.

Harper hit 13 home runs in each of the first two rounds, eliminating Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves in the quarterfinals and Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the semifinal.

The most thrilling first-round match featured a near buzzer-beater by Houston's Alex Bregman, who fell to Schwarber 16-15.

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Harper ran into a similar situation his his second round, dragging behind as Muncy led with 12.

It was a dramatic walk-off from Schwarber, but he actually had 30 more seconds to play with because he hit two homers farther than 440 feet and was awarded some extra time. Muncy followed with another victory by one, 17-16, over Javier Baez of the Cubs.

The grand total of home runs hit during the event was 221.

Next year, the All-Star festivities and the Derby will move to Progressive Field in Cleveland. It's always more fun when the hometown team is represented.

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