WASHINGTON, DC — Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber competed in the 34th installment of the MLB Home Run Derby as part of the All-Star Game festivities in Washington, DC. Coming in with 18 homers on the season, Schwarber has hit the second-most home runs of any Cub in 2018.
Seeded fifth, Schwarber competed against Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman in the first round. Drilling 14 home runs in regulation, Schwarber gained 30 seconds of bonus time for hitting one longer than 450 feet in the first four minutes.
The extra 30 seconds made a major difference, as Schwarber finished with 16 long balls after hitting two more homers during the period of added time. His 15th home run incited a rowdy reaction from the crowd after it sailed into the upper deck down the right-field line.
Schwarber barely edged out Bregman, who finished with 15 dingers and failed to earn a 30-second bonus. Winning in dramatic fashion, Schwarber advanced only after Bregman hit one off the wall in left-center on his final swing, leaving him one short and disappointing .