The 2021 Home Run Derby at Coors Field includes some of baseball’s most electrifying sluggers with Mets first baseman Pete Alonso back to defend the crown he’s held since the event last took place two years ago
Top-seeded Shohei Ohtani, who leads the majors with 33 home runs, was upset in the first round by Juan Soto of the Nationals in a wild matchup that required a second tie-breaking swing-off to decide. The Angels’ two-way star appearance in the derby was just 24 hours before he takes the field as the AL’s starting pitcher and leadoff hitter in the Midsummer Classic.
Stay tuned for live updates throughout the night as the home runs fly into the Denver sky:
Home Run Derby final round
Pete Alonso (Mets) vs. Trey Mancini (Orioles)
Pete Alonso (Mets) defeats Juan Soto (Nationals)
Soto — 15 HR — longest 481 feet: Soto used the whole field again and added four in his bonus minute to put the pressure on Alonso.
Alonso — 16 HR — longest 498 feet: Trailing by one with 1:03 left, Alonso took a timeout to get the crowd going. He then homered on the next two pitches to walk it off.
Trey Mancini (Orioles) defeats Trevor Story (Rockies)
Story – 12 HR – longest 477 feet: The subject of trade rumors, Story couldn’t really get into a groove in front of his home fans.
Mancini – 13 HR – longest 475 feet: Walked it off with 23 seconds left on the clock and advances to the final, where he will meet Pete Alonso or Juan Soto.
First round results
No. 8 Juan Soto (Nationals) defeats No. 1 Shohei Ohtani (Angels)
Soto — 22 HR — longest 520 feet: Soto used the entire field, spraying homers to left and center including a 520-foot shot to right that goes as the longest of the night so far.
Ohtani – 22 HR – longest 513 feet: The Angels star rallied late to tie Soto, destroying balls into right field.
TIEBREAKER, 28-28: Both hit six homers in the additional minute, but Ohtani was unable to break the tie with several attempts.
SWING-OFF: Soto homered on all three swings, putting the pressure on Ohtani who failed to homer on his first attempt.
No. 5 Pete Alonso (Mets) defeats No. 4 Salvador Perez (Royals)
Alonso — 35 HR — longest 513 feet: The defending champion was feeling it, destroying balls into left field and a few to center.
Perez — 28 HR — longest 491 feet: A fantastic round for the Kansas City backstop that probably would have won against anybody else.
No. 2 Joey Gallo (Rangers) vs. No. 7 Trevor Story (Rockies)
Story — 20 HR — longest 518 feet: The hometown favorite had the fans on their feet and hit some monster homers in the ballpark he calls home.
Gallo — 19 HR — longest 494 feet: One of the favorites coming in, Gallo just couldn’t get it going in regulation but made a run in his extra minute, homering on a pitch just after the buzzer that would have tied it.
No. 6 Trey Mancini (Orioles) defeats No. 3 Matt Olson (Athletics)
Mancini — 24 HR — longest 496 feet: Mancini caught fire after taking a break halfway through regular time and earned himself an additional minute. Quite a round for the cancer survivor.
Olson — 23 HR — longest 495 feet: Olson struggled out of the gate but didn’t waste swings and had the chance to tie Mancini at the buzzer but hooked it just foul down the right field line.
Fan flips over railing trying to catch home run
During Monday’s contest while Matt Olson was at bat, the Oakland Athletics first baseman crushed a baseball out to deep right field for a home run.
One fan in the stands thought it was his lucky day and went up for the ball. Unfortunately for him, his attempted catch sent him up and over the entrance railing to the upper deck and he came crashing to the ground.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Home Run Derby 2021: Live updates, results from MLB All-Star slugfest