2021 MLB Home Run derby: Pete Alonso defends his crown, while Shohei Ohtani shines in slugfest at Coors Field

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Mets slugger Pete Alonso retained his Home Run Derby crown, defeating Trey Mancini within the final round on Monday night at Coors Field in Denver. Alonso came out of the gate with a record 35 home runs within the first round and made it look easy, defeating Juan Soto within the semifinals. His 23rd homer of the ultimate round walked it off against Mancini, the Orioles star who missed the 2020 season with carcinoma .

Top-seeded Shohei Ohtani, who leads the majors with 33 home runs, was upset within the first round by Juan Soto of the Nationals during a wild matchup that required a second tie-breaking swing-off to make a decision . The Angels’ two-way star appearance within the derby was just 24 hours before he takes the sector because the AL’s pitcher and leadoff hitter within the Midsummer Classic.

Alonso joins Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Cespedes (2014-15) because the only players to win back-to-back events. During Monday’s contest while Matt Olson was at bat, the Oakland Athletics first sacker crushed a baseball bent deep right field for a home run. One fan within the stands thought it had been his lucky day and went up for the ball. Unfortunately for him, his attempted catch sent him up and over the doorway railing to the deck and he came crashing to the bottom .

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