DENVER (AP) — Pete Alonso danced to his second straight Home Run Derby title, besting Shohei Ohtani, Trey Mancini, and Juan Soto on a night of record long balls in the thin Rocky Mountain air of Coors Field.
The New York Mets first baseman hit 74 total home runs and beat Mancini 23-22 in the final round, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Céspedes (2013-14) in winning consecutive titles.
Batting second, Alonso trailed 22-17 after the first two minutes of the final round, then hit six homers on six swings over the first 28 seconds of his final minute.
New York’s 26-year-old first baseman hit 35 dingers in the first round and defeated Soto 16-15 in the second round.
His longest home run of the night traveled 514 feet.