MLB: Guerrero Jr. snatches the final of the Home Run Derby from Arozarena | Video
In a final with a Latin flavor, the Dominican Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the toronto blue jayssent a record 25 balls in a final over the fence to beat the Cuban-Mexican Randy Arozarena in it Home Run Derby 2023held at the Seattle's T-Mobile Parkwhere the activities of the Stars game of the Big leagues.
Guerrero Jr. overcame a grueling semifinal to defeat Arozarena, from the Tampa Bay Rays, for only two home runsto be crowned in the long batting competition of the Big Top.
The star player of the Blue Jays received the champion's trophy from Ken Griffey Jr.only player to win the joust three times.
On Monday night, 'Vlady' joined his father, Vladimir Guerrero, as the only father and son duo in history to win this competitionafter Mr. prevailed in the 2007 edition.
"I can now tell my dad that I have one like him"said the son of the member of the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
The power hitter, who retained the trophy for the Dominican Republicjoins Juan Sotowho won it last year, Sammy Sosa (2000), Miguel Tejada (2004), Warrior (2007), david ortiz (2010) and Robinson Cano (2011) as the Dominicans who have conquered this Festival.
In the first round, arozarenahero for the ninth Mexican in the World Classicchartered 24 fly fences to drop off on the way to adolis garciaof the Texas Rangersand easily advance to the second round, where he faced louis robert (Chicago White Sox).
However, Arozarena far exceeded himself and, with 35 home runsleft Robert on the field, who with 21 home runs, was far from Randy.
For his part, Guerrero Jr. reached the final after dispatching 26-11 to mookie betts of the los angeles dodgers in the first round, meeting with Julio Rodriguez of the seattle marinerswho in his first participation of the night, connected some impressive 41 planks to eliminate, for the second consecutive year, Pete Alonso of the New York Mets.
However, the effort weighed on the 22-year-old Dominican, since against his compatriot, Guerrero, did not exceed 20 tablazos and fell in the semifinals for a single fly fences, 21-20.
The Jgame of starswhich faces the teams National and American League representativeswill be disputed this Tuesday in this same scenario.
(With information from EFE)
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