Yoenis Cespedes tops Bryce Harper to win his first MLB Home Run Derby
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org
Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes outslugged Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in an entertaining final round to win his first Home Run Derby. Cespeds took the final round 9-8 with five outs to spare.
Treating a sellout crowd at Citi Field to an impressive display of tape-measure blasts, Cespedes launched 32 homers total and capped his 9-8 final-round victory with a 455-foot blast. One of his homers smashed the windshield of a new truck parked beyond the center field wall. His clinching homer carried over the second truck parked there.
“I felt I was getting into a good rhythm in the first round,’’ Cespedes said. “After that, I was getting good pitches to hit over the plate and that was the key.’’
The 27-year-old Cespedes advanced to the finals by hitting 17 home runs in the opening round and six in the second round. Harper hit eight in the first, second and final round.