The MLB Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game kicked off on July 7th in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mets first basemen Pete Alonso won the Derby along with $1 million, as he beat Vald Guerrero Jr. in the final round.
Although Alonso won the Derby, the main story was Guerrero’s performance. Although Guerrero only hit 8 homers in the regular season before the contest, he hit 91 home runs which included beating out Joc Pederson in three extra swing-offs. That total set the all-time record for most home runs in a single Home Run Derby, 30 more than Giancarlo Stanton’s 61 in San Diego.
Both Alonso and Guerrero hit 8 home runs in the extra minute that was given to them after the regular round and then 2 home runs in the next swing-off until Vlad Jr. won the final swing-off. He also managed to hit 29 home runs in one round, setting a record for the most homers in a single round of the Derby.
The All-Star Game was the next day and was star studded with the best players in the game including Mike Trout and Christian Yelich, but the pitchers stole the show.
The American League pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts and would go onto win 4-3, their seventh consecutive win over the National League. Indians pitcher Shane Bieber struck out every batter he faced in the 5th inning, and would take home the MVP award.
The Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon homered in the 6th off Liam Hendriks, but it wasn’t enough as Boston’s Xander Boegarts drove in Matt Chapman and Joey Gallo homered to seal another victory for the American League.