That means there's a chance we could have a Baez vs. Schwarber final, which would be a lot of fun for Cubs fans and a little less fun for everyone else. But Harper caught fire, going on a tear and tying Kyle Schwarber with 18 home runs before time expired in the final round of the 2018 Home Run Derby.
Other competitors included Jesús Aguilar (Milwaukee Brewers), Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies), Alex Bregman (Houston Astros), Max Muncy (Los Angeles Dodgers), Javier Báez (Chicago Cubs) and Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves).
Amid a disappointing regular season and speculation about his future in Washington, Nationals slugger Bryce Harper gave his fans one more reason to cheer Monday night, winning the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park.
Harper's teammate, Max Scherzer, the NL starter on Tuesday night, also appreciated the moment. Schwarber edged Bregman 16-15.
Because he hit two homers over 440 feet, Harper got 30 seconds of extra time.
Harper returned to hit three more home runs in 22 seconds, the last of them inside the right-field foul pole. The Nationals favorite then hit 7 homers in one minute, paving the way to overtake Muncy.
Schwarber said he told Harper that if they both ended up in the finals, "the whole crowd would be against me". Talk about the Home Run Derby or anything else here tonight.
Harper didn't appear to have time to match Schwarber's 18 final-round homers, but launched a string of long shots in the final minute to tie the score at the buzzer, then won it with on his second swing of "bonus time". His score of 21 in round 2 was the highest single-round score of the night.
Eight sluggers, seven of whom are from the National League, will be pitted against each other in bracket form to determine the home run king.