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By Chandler Guadagnin Updated: 7:33 PT
Harper has a total of 26 home runs through two rounds; while, Schwarber has smashed 37 home runs through two.
It was close but in the end, the hometown hero, Harper, pulled it out. The final number of bombs that Bryce hit was 45; while, Schwarber smashed 55. Harper becomes only the third player to win the Derby in his own park. Your 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Champion: Bryce Harper!
Statistics courtesy of ESPN
By Chandler Guadagnin
Tonight, at 5 PM PT on ESPN, the Major League Baseball universe centers around Washington D.C. as the All-Star Week kicks off with the Home Run Derby. Participants include: Jesus Aquilar, Rhys Hoskins, Alex Bregman, Kyle Schwarber, Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy, and Javier Baez. Below are the matchups for tonight’s contest:
Seeding was based on Home Run totals before a specified date in the first half. This derby marks a historic moment in Major League Baseball, as the youngest field to ever compete in a Home Run Derby.
My favorite to win the Derby is Bryce Harper, of the Washington Nationals. While Harper has struggled for the first half of the 2018 season, I believe that the comfort of competing in his home park, coupled with the fan support will push him across the finish line as a champion of the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby. This will be Harper’s second time participating in the event; his first crack at the contest was in 2013.
Stay locked to kpaysports.com for round by round updates of this year’s derby.
Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com
By Chandler Guadagnin
Three days after the Giants traded Austin Jackson, Cory Gaerrin, and Single-A Pitcher, Jason Bahr, to the Rangers, San Francisco has let the Yankees know that Jeff Samardzija is available for trade.
Samardzija, who is owed $46 million over the next 2 and a half years, has tallied a 1-5 record, posting a 6.42 ERA over 40.2 innings pitched. In 9 games, Samardzija has struck out 29 while walking 25 and surrendering 6 home runs. Samardzija has had an injury-plagued 2018; spending 2 separate stints on the disabled list with a pectoral strain and right shoulder tightness.
With the emergence of the Giants young arms, Samardzija has become a trade chip. Combined, San Francisco’s young starters have posted a 14-12 record over 41 games and 224.1 innings pitched. They have accumulated a 4.13 ERA, with 184 strikeouts, 66 walks and a 1.328 WHIP.
The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31st.
Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com
Big things were expected from the Chico Heat in 2018 but even their most faithful of followers would not have predicted such domination through the first half of the Great West League season.
Chico enters the mid-point of the summer campaign with a 23-6 record with a five game bulge over the Lincoln Potters and seven games clear of the Medford Rogues.
The Heat have done it with a balance of pitching (4.17 ERA) and offense (.307) leading the league in both team ERA and batting average.
The Heat’s starting pitching has been tremendous with Justin Sterner leading the league in wins (5) and strikeouts (49). Will Clawson has four wins while Shane Gustafson has three victories.
The Heat also have three of the top six ERA leaders with Sterner at 2.46, Gustafson at 3.04 and Tucker Weaver at 3.70. The relief corps has impressed as well with Clawson at 1.86 in ten outings. University of Washington products Cole Eigenhuis at 2.25 in six appearances and Cole Galvagno at 2.84 in five outings. Youngster Reid McLaughlin has appeared in 11 games and has a 2.82 ERA and three saves while Brayden Bonner leads the club with 4 saves and has 26 strikeouts in 18 innings.
The Heat offense has been consistent. Up and down their line-up the Heat have gotten production. Brown University product Parke Phillips is leading the GWL in hitting with a .414 batting average. He has banged out 46 hits while driving in 25 runs. The consistency that Creighton Blue Jay Andrew Meggs has given the Heat can not be over-looked. Meggs is hitting .320 while driving in 20 runs. Cole Lemmel is among the league leaders in home runs with 6 and has driven in 18.
UC San Diego is one of Chico State’s biggest baseball rivals but the Triton program has let the Chico baseball fans borrow of couple of their young stars. Sophomore Brandon Stewart has played in 12 games for the Heat has 20 hits and is hitting a cool .400 with 14 RBI’s and 6 stolen bases. Red-shirt freshman Joe DeBaca is hitting .432 in twelve games with 12 runs batted in. The two Tritons have given the Chico Heat a tremendous boost.
Tanner Roundy is hitting .356 in 14 apperances. Arizona product Jordan Parker is hitting .280 and has driven in 18 runs.
One of the biggest challenges for Manager Fred Ludwig has been to keep everyone happy with playing time. It’s a great problem to have with such and competitiveness on the 2018 squad. Ludwig and the brain-trust of Ryan Lauer and Reece Borges know that having depth is important as the 60-game grind can wear down even the best of players.
After tonight’s game with Lincoln the Heat will have 15 more home games and 15 more on the road.
As well as the Heat are playing they know they want to be playing their best baseball in late July into August with the playoffs a little over one month away. But, so far so good for Chico as they look run away with the regular season.