Bryce Harper put up a fight in the final round of last night’s Home Run Derby, but Yoenis Cespedes was running a hitting clinic all night long and ended up winning 9-8.
Cespedes, an outfielder for the Oakland Athletics, finished the night with a total of 32 home runs, 17 of which came in the opening round. After setting the tone in the opener, Cespedes kept it rolling to stay in contention as some of the league’s top hitters, including current home run leader Chris Davis and defending derby champion Prince Fielder, were eliminated from action.
The longest blast from Cespedes measured 456 feet, while his winning homer came just a foot short at 455 feet. His 17 homers in the first round also earned him a place in the record books. His single-round total is eclipsed by only two players in history: Bobby Abreu’s 24 in 2005 and Josh Hamilton’s 28 in 2008.
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