It's dinger donging time.
Tonight's the night that Nats fans have looked forward to for a few years now — a Home Run Derby in D.C. featuring Bryce Harper, who's favored to win this year's contest. All eyes will be on Harper and Nats Park and I guess everyone else who's taking part in the event, and NBC Sports Washington will have you covered from batting practice through the last mashed tater.
Make sure to follow along on our social channels as well, where we'll be sure to be supplying okayish tweets all night.
10:15: Harper's in the finals! He walks off Max Muncy and will see Kyle Schwarber in the Final Round. He'll have to hit 19 homers
9:45 PM: Kyle Schwarber walks it off! Hoskins hit 20 homers and didn't advance, which is cruel.
One of the great HR Derby rounds ever.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 17, 2018
Kyle Schwarber 21, Rhys Hoskins 20...
With a Schwarber upper-decker buzzer-beater to finish it off.
9:40: Buffalo sighting!
Wilson Ramos is still a man of the people at Nationals Park pic.twitter.com/Ro2mIenR4H— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) July 17, 2018
9:38 PM - Rhys Hoskins has some POWER. 20 home runs in the 2nd round and Kyle Schwarber has some work to do:
Hoskins is a beast. 17 homers in the first round, now 20 in the semifinals.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) July 17, 2018
9:20 PM - BRYCE HARPER IS MOVING ON. Harper walked off with 13 homers to advance to the next round. Nats Park was somewhat into it:
9:06 PM - Max Muncy outslugged Javy Baez and will face off against either Harper/Freeman. MEANWHILE, IT'S TIME:
Bryce Headband pic.twitter.com/Ncvxv82ZR2— David Brown (@AnswerDave) July 17, 2018
8:55 PM - They had a quick High School HR derby and one of the contestants literally hit a ball onto the LF concourse:
a high schooler just hit a ball 480 feet lol when we were in high school we once reached base on an error— NBC Sports Nationals (@NBCSNationals) July 17, 2018
8:45 PM - Our first drama of the evening! After a slow start, Alex Bregman went on a tear, only to knock what would be the round-tying homer off the wall as the clock expired. Woke the crowd up, too.
High Derby Drama: Alex Bregman, needing 1 more to tie Kyle Schwarber, sends his last ball at the buzzer deep to left-center ... and clanks it off the wall. Schwarber wins, 16-15.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) July 17, 2018
8:30 PM - The ball is flying out so far tonight. Schwarber finishes his 1st round with 16:
8:30 PM - Jesús Aguilar "only" hit 12, so Hoskins moves on from this round. For what it's worth, Aguilar wore his hat backwards and therefore should have advanced.
8:20 PM - Rhys Hoskins is up first, and after a slow start hoooooo boy did he find a groove. He ends the first round with 17 homers.
8:00 PM - Bryce is our King:
Fashion felony pic.twitter.com/OUmxbjV6Yn— Michael Tackett (@tackettdc) July 17, 2018
Stylin' Bryce Harper (6 p.m.)
We knew the Nats' slugger was ready to show his love for his team and the MLB All-Star Game's host city with some spectacular Washington-themed cleats, but Harper took it a step further Monday before the fun started. Harper is hitting in the derby with a special cherry blossom bat, as an additional nod to the nation's capital.
Bryce Harper’s Home Run Derby cleats are 🔥 pic.twitter.com/GfucNgOEkm— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 13, 2018
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