Hometown hero Harper wins thrilling HR Derby over Schwarber

Hometown hero Harper wins thrilling HR Derby over Schwarber

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper beat out Schwarber 19-18 in the final round of the MLB Home Run Derby thanks to a late push in his final at-bats of the night.

Aguilar went out in the very first matchup, and the event was doomed to lose another of one of the biggest names since Harper and Freeman faced each other in the first round. The only players to win the Derby in their home park are Todd Frazier in 2015 and Ryne Sandberg in 1990.

Long and towering home runs are part of Kyle Schwarber's repertoire during his first four seasons, with a few of them as major moments in a memorable era for the franchise. On Monday, after falling victim to Harper's epic comeback, Schwarber said he had a good feeling that it was the former MVP's night.

Harper can only hope this helps him get back into the swing.

Harper's winning home run came during a 30-second bonus batting period he earned by smashing at least two balls that traveled at least 440 feet.

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Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals Chicago Cubs has won the 2018 Home Run Derby with a grand total of 45 homers throughout the night. He did great. So I'm really proud of him. "You couldn't ask for anything better".

The Orioles' Manny Machado was one of them.

Harper, a free agent at the end of the season, thanked the home crowd and the Nationals organization for their support.

So, instead of Judge and Stanton rattling the rafters like previous year, the Derby featured All-Star leadoff hitter Javier Báez, Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, Atlanta Braves slugger Freddie Freeman and three non-All-Stars - Schwarber, Philadelphia Phillies left fielder-first baseman Rhys Hoskins and Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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