SAN DIEGO -- Mark Trumbo had already completed one ferocious comeback during the first round of the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby, but he couldn't complete a second while falling to Giancarlo Stanton, 17-14, in the semifinals Monday night at Petco Park.Trumbo gave the fans an impressive show in the
SAN DIEGO -- Mark Trumbo had already completed one ferocious comeback during the first round of the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby, but he couldn't complete a second while falling to Giancarlo Stanton, 17-14, in the semifinals Monday night at Petco Park.
Trumbo gave the fans an impressive show in the first round of the Home Run Derby. Dodgers rookie Corey Seager opened the Derby with 15 homers and looked as if he would coast into the next round. But Trumbo launched 16 homers, including eight in a row at one point and one onto the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. building down the left-field line, to catapult himself into the semifinals.
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His longest homer this season traveled 458 feet, but he launched two longer than that in the first round. One traveled 461 feet, while the one he hit to beat Seager went 479 feet. Ten of his 16 homers traveled more than 440 feet.
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But he ran into Stanton, who followed up his own impressive first-round performance, where he hit 24, with 17 in the semifinals. Trumbo -- who entered the Derby as the No. 1 seed with his Major League-leading 28 homers -- put up a fight, but ended up with only 14 and was bounced from the competition.
Trumbo and his fellow Orioles All-Stars will now turn their attention to the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard tonight at 7:30 ET on FOX.
The O's slugger belted some impressive homers in the semifinals. Trumbo's first home run of the round hit the giant scoreboard in left field and he later hit another blast onto the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. building. Trumbo was the only participant to hit one off the scoreboard and to reach the roof of the building.
"It's a blast," Trumbo said earlier in the day about the event. "It's the stuff that as a kid I was watching those guys out there wondering how much fun they must be having. To be able to experience it is pretty neat."
Trumbo had previously competed in the Home Run Derby back in 2012, his last All-Star appearance, when he also bowed out in the second round. This was his first time in this new format, which was created last year, although he said he learned from some of the mistakes he made in '12. Prior to the competition, he expected it to be tiring regardless of how deep into the event he lasted.
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"The adrenaline kicks in and I'm going to try the best I can," Trumbo said. "You can do what you can. I'm just going to try and have fun with it. I think last time I obviously wanted to do well and win it and that's still the mindset here, but having done it once before, maybe I'll have a little bit more breathing room than I did that first time."
Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.