Edges Nakano 6-5 in final round
Seattle's Jack Hunt is having quite the season so far and with the AL MVP award in sight, he's already stacking up the hardware. The starting second basemen for the American League All-Star team took home the season 8 Home Run Derby championship by beating out Jackson Vipers 1B Kevin Nakano 6 home runs to 5 in the third and final round.
This year's Home Run Derby was much closer than some of those in the past. It was so close, in fact, that extra swings were needed to decide a winner. Vancouver's Clarence Hartman led all contestants after one round with 10 home runs. Hunt and Nakano followed with 9 and 7, respectively, and Fargo 1B Ricardo Martinez rounded out the top four to advance to the second round with 6 homeruns.
Hartman would fizzle in the second round with just 3 home runs while Nakano would own the round with 11 dingers. Hunt and Martinez would tie with 6 home runs each for the round which eliminated Martinez for having a lower total through two rounds.
Hunt and Nakano would tie with 5 home runs each in the final round, leading to the final two participants taking place in The Bigs' first ever swing off for the Home Run Derby crown. Each player was allowed one swing until the tie was broken and after Nakano flew to center for an out, Hunt wasted little time in ending the swing off. Hunt's first swing landed 370 feet down the leftfield line for the title.