Shohei Ohtani falls to Juan Soto in epic Home Run Derby showdown

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DENVER — Shohei Ohtani’s first Home Run Derby went into double-overtime… but not the second round.

The Angels’ two-way sensation, the star of this All-Star Week at Coors Field, fell short to Washington’s Juan Soto despite totaling 28 home runs when he dropped a “Swing-off” by failing to match Soto’s three homers in three pitches. Instead, Ohtani grounded the first pitch he saw in the double OT to the right side, and he was done, hugging Soto in defeat.

Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels bats during the 2021 T-Mobile Home Run Derby
Shoehi Ohtani Provided Some First-Round Thrills At The 2021 Home Run Derby.
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The Mets’ Pete Alonso, the Orioles’ Trey Mancini and hometown favorite Trevor Story of the Rockies advanced to the second round along with Soto.

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