Cody Bellinger represented the Dodgers in the Home Run Derby at Marlins Park in Miami, and moved on to the second round, but he ran into the buzzsaw named Aaron Judge.
Bellinger’s matchup with Charlie Blackmon was the third of four matchups in the first round, and it did not disappoint. Blackmon went first and hit 14 home runs, setting the bar reasonably high. Bellinger slowly but surely inched toward Blackmon, but could only manage 13 in his four minutes.
However, Bellinger’s 13th home run was over 440 feet, his second of the round, triggering a 30-second bonus.
.@Cody_Bellinger with a 446-foot to stay alive in the first round. No big deal.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 11, 2017
#HRDerby | #LetsGoDodgers pic.twitter.com/oM0hkjWEbq
Bellinger hit two home runs within those 30 seconds to advance, 15-14.
Bellinger will face Aaron Judge in the second round. Judge beat Justin Bour in the first round, 23-22 in one of the great Home Run Derby rounds ever.
Bellinger batted first against the higher-seed Judge (No. 2 overall) in the second round, and hit a bit of a lull. Bellinger ended with 12 home runs in his four minutes, but didn’t hit two 440-foot home runs so he got no bonus.
Judge, who saw Bour hit 22 home runs before him in the first round and didn’t bat an eye, hit five home runs before taking a timeout just 75 seconds in. Judge reached 13 home runs -- including 5-4 feet and 513 feet back-to-back -- with a minute still left in his round to beat Bellinger.
Judge then beat Twins slugger Miguel Sano in the final, 11-10. Sano beat Mike Moustakas in the first round, then Gary Sanchez in the second round.
After he was eliminated, Bellinger tweeted a picture with his dad Clay, who pitched to him.
Much love old man pic.twitter.com/k06vN9j4Pq— CodyBellinger (@Cody_Bellinger) July 11, 2017
This is the fourth straight season the Dodgers have had a participant in the derby — Yasiel Puig in 2014, Joc Pederson in 2015, and Corey Seager in 2016 — and the third straight season a Dodgers rookie is participating.
Pederson has the Dodgers record for most home runs in a Home Run Derby with 39, finishing a close second to Todd Frazier two years ago. Seager holds the team mark for a single round with 15, though he lost in the first round to Mark Trumbo.
Bellinger on Monday is seeded third, and faced Charlie Blackmon in the first round, with each batter getting four minutes. Bellinger will bat second, as the higher seed.
The winner of this matchup faces the winner of the Aaron Judge/Justin Bour matchup in the second round. Defending champion and home field favorite Giancarlo Stanton is the top seed and on the other side of the bracket.
.@Cody_Bellinger on his past Home Run Derby success and what he is looking forward to. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/y9QSS3aXwA— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) July 10, 2017