Survive and advance: Frazier makes Home Run Derby Finals
07/15/2014 07:51 AM
Survive and advance was the theme of the night for Todd Frazier. After a rain delay to start the 2014 Home Run Derby, Frazier was up first. He finished the first round with just two home runs but it was enough to tie Justin Morneau and head to a “swing off”. Both Frazier and Morneau each got three swings and if still tied, they’d get one swing each until there was a winner. Frazier hit an upper deck shot for one home run in his three swings, as Morneau failed to hit a home run in the swing off; Frazier advanced to face Tory Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies.
The American League also went to a first round “swing off” between Yoenis Céspedes and Josh Donaldson with Céspedes coming out on top.
Things went much better for Frazier in the second round – he hit four home runs in a row and finished with a total of six. It was enough to move on to the final round of four while his fellow Reds All Stars cheered him on from the dugout.
He was only able to hit one home run in the final four and you had to think he was done for the night… but Giancarlo Stanton couldn’t hit any out of the park, so Frazier advanced to represent the National League in the finals.
Yoenis Céspedes and José Bautista matched up in the American League finals with Céspedes hitting seven home runs to move on and face Frazier.
Could he dethrone the defending Home Run Derby champ? The announcers compared it to David vs. Goliath. Frazier allowed Céspedes to hit first in hopes he’d be tired from just finishing the final four round. Unfortunately for Frazier, the strategy didn’t work and Céspedes put up 9 home runs. Frazier faced an uphill battle and only hit one. Céspedes finished with a total of 30 home runs to Frazier’s 11.
Céspedes joins Ken Griffey Jr. as the only player to win the Home Run Derby in back-to-back years.
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