Cincinnati slugger Todd Frazier wins Home Run Derby
CINCINNATI — Hometown All-Star Todd Frazier has won the Home Run Derby at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, outslugging Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson 15-14 in the final round Monday night in the first year of a bracket format.
The Reds’ Frazier defeated Texas’ Prince Fielder 14-13 in the first round and dispatched Toronto’s Josh Donaldson 10-9 in the second round.
Red-clad fans chanted Frazier name and cheered his every homer throughout the night. Tied entering his 30-second bonus round, Frazier hit the first pitch for the title.
Pederson advanced by beating Baltimore’s Manny Machado in the first round 13-12 and topping the Angels’ Albert Pujols, the derby’s No. 1 seed, 12-11 in the second round.
For the first time, players were seeded and placed in an elimination bracket. They had four minutes per round and each hitter received a 30-second bonus for hitting two drives farther than 425 feet.
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