Harper wins Home Run Derby

Starkville Daily News - - SCORECARD -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Bryce Harper thrilled the home crowd and surely made his fa­ther proud, win­ning the All-Star Home Run Derby on Mon­day night with an ex­cep­tional dis­play of power that car­ried him past Kyle Sch­war­ber of the Chicago Cubs 19-18.

Harper hit the con­test-win­ning blast in ex­tra time, the re­ward for hit­ting two homers at least 440 feet dur­ing the 4 min­utes of reg­u­la­tion. Af­ter he con­nected with the game win­ner, the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als slug­ger threw his bat in the air and pointed both in­dex fin­gers to­ward the sky as a shower of stream­ers rained upon the crowd of 43,698.

The six-time All-Star ar­ranged to have his dad, Ron, pitch to him in the an­nual con­test on the eve of the All-Star Game. Harper re­sponded with a per­for­mance that drew the loud­est cheers of the night at Na­tion­als Park.

It's been a try­ing sea­son for Harper, who's hit­ting only .214 for the dis­ap­point­ing Na­tion­als. He won a con­test that many slug­gers avoid, fear­ful it might wear them out and throw them off.

Harper can only hope this helps him get back into the swing.

The 2015 NL MVP beat Fred­die Free­man of the At­lanta Braves and Max Muncy of the Dodgers be­fore trump­ing the fifth-seeded Sch­war­ber, who put the pres­sure on with a solid out­ing be­fore Harper stepped to the plate.

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