Home Run Derby 2018: Bryce Harper Wins Thriller Against Kyle Schwarber

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper won the 2018 Home Run Derby in dramatic fashion last night, outlasting Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber at Nationals Park. 

Trailing Schwarber 18-9 in the final round, Harper went deep nine times in a span of 10 swings to tie it at the end of regulation. Then he drove the second pitch of bonus time over the fence in center field to win the home run crown and send the home crowd into a frenzy. Harper celebrated with his teammaes Max Scherzer and Sean Doolittle, as well as Nats manager, Dave Martinez, and his father, Ron, who was pitching to him in the derby.

Prior to the Home Run Derby, the Nationals sent out an email to their mailing list promising to reduce ticket prices of lower-level seats by $1 for every home run Harper hit, down to as low as $1. Because Harper hit 45 home runs, and lower-level tickets in two sections start at less than that amount, the team will sell tickets for those seats to five games for just a dollar while supply lasts.