Ohtani Loses in 1st Round of All-Star Home Run Derby


Denver, July 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels was eliminated in the first round of this year's Major League Baseball All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday after a second tiebreaker.

In the battle, held at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on the eve of the MLB All-Star Game, Ohtani, a slugger and a pitcher who became the first Japanese player to take part in the Home Run Derby, lost to outfielder Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals.

Ohtani and Soto were tied at a total of 22 home runs in the three-minute regulation time and 60 seconds of bonus time given to them for hitting a home run of 475 feet or over.

In a one-minute tiebreaker, both Ohtani and Soto added six homers.

The duel then entered a three-swing second tiebreaker. After Soto went a perfect 3-for-3, Ohtani grounded on his first swing.

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