ESPN used photo of Bryce Harper's brother in Home Run Derby graphic

ASSOCIATED PRESS           Washington Nationals Bryce Harper reacts to his winning hit during the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby on Monday in Washington

ASSOCIATED PRESS Washington Nationals Bryce Harper reacts to his winning hit during the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby on Monday in Washington

The Washington Nationals star found himself in a bit of a pickle during the final round against Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber, needing to hit nine home runs in a minute to tie him. Harper obliterated baseballs - and his competition - to win the 2018 Home Run Derby.

But it's the Home Run Derby, so there is no reason to get too bent out of shape. They had cheered Harper throughout, screaming "Let's go, Bryce!" and gently heckling his opponents.

Hoskins advanced to the semifinals of the eight-hitter field, knocking off Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar, 17-12, in the first round. Harper responded with a performance that drew the loudest cheers of the night at Nationals Park.

An extremely impressive first showing in the derby for Hoskins, who may want to return because of the unfinished business.

In the opening round, Schwarber was pitted against Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros. Muncy hit 12 homers, and Harper started slowly before going on a tear and scoring a 13-12 victory-getting the go-ahead homer with 1:11 still left on the clock.

Muncy advanced by defeating No. 6 seed Javier Baez of the Cubs, 16-15. Unfortunately, he ran into a home run-hitting machine in Schwarber, who bested him with 16. He also set high bars with his lofty homer totals.

Because he hit two homers over 440 feet, Harper got 30 seconds of extra time.

Even as a television-centric spectacle, the Home Run Derby provides excitement for fans in the seats.

Where is the Home Run Derby next season?

It's always more fun when the hometown team is represented.

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