Keller's Max Muncy falls in semifinals of All-Star Game Home Run Derby

Harper did end up winning the Home Run Derby in front of the home crowd at Nationals Park - edging Kyle Schwarber to do so.

The slugger dominated in the second round with 20, which included the 30-second bonus time for hitting two balls over 440 feet. As Harper has slumped, so have the Nationals.

But this year's version ended with an electrifying comeback by Washington outfielder Bryce Harper, who trailed Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs 18-9 in the final round.

He is now tied with Philadelphia Phillies Rhys Hoskins for the most home runs in Round 1.

Further help: There were two winners in both 1986 and 1989. He came on in the final minute of the final round, with a burst that included nine home runs on ten pitches. The record of opportunities for excellence available, yet never fully seized, loomed over Harper's Home Run Derby performance.

Harper hit 45 home runs during the event overall, while Schwarber actually clubbed 55 in total.

He will face Max Muncy of the Dodgers.

No. 1 seed Jesus Aguilar vs. Muncy outhomered Baez 17-16.

Rhys Hoskins lights up the Home Run Derby, eliminated in the semifinals

The inclusion of Muncy gives the Dodgers a Derby participant for the fifth consecutive year.

The hashtag #JusticeforSchwarber sprang up, and the Home Run Derby truthers were out there.

In his career, Freeman is hitting.320 in 63 games at Nationals Park with 21 doubles and seven homers.

But then, baseball's youngest-ever Most Valuable Player went on an epic hitting tear.

Hinds has committed to LSU.

It's the second Home Run Derby for Harper, and the first for the rest of the field.

Thunderstorms are also predicted for Tuesday afternoon, but if the forecast holds, they should move out of town before the first pitch after 8 p.m.

"I better figure it out or I'm going to lose", Harper said when asked what was going through his mind as the clock was ticking down.

  • Julie Sanders