Santana Has Solid Showing At HR Derby,
Alonso Wins But Guerrero Steals The Show
The 2019 Home Run Derby at Progressive Field in Cleveland would turn out to be one of the most exciting in recent memory as records fell and sluggers put on an impressive show. For hometown competitor Carlo Santana, however, it would be somewhat of a bittersweet finish.
Making his first All-Star Game appearance, the 7th-seeded Santana smacked 13 dingers out of the park in his opening round matchup with Mets rookie Pete Alonso, who would edge Carlos by a single homer with 14 to advance. Alonso would go on to win the championship and the $1 million prize by out-dueling fellow rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the finals, but the 20-year-old Blue Jay would leave a lasting memory at the 35th Derby.
Guerrero cracked a single-round record 29 dingers in the first round before outlasting LA Dodgers slugger Joc Peterson 40-39 in a triple-overtime thriller. In total, Guerrero hit 91 balls out of the park with an average distance of 424 feet, but fell in the final to Alonso, 23-22.