Giancarlo Stanton put on quite a show in his first time up in the 2014 MLB Home Run Derby. He launched six homers to lead the National League and earn himself a bye in the second round, but perhaps the bye itself hurt Stanton's overall chances of winning the whole thing. In an event in which he was the odds-on favorite, Stanton failed to get out the National League finals when his opponent, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, only hit one home run. Stanton was shut out of the finals and was eliminated.
Stanton's first round was an impressive sight. While many of the competitors tonight put up second-deck shots, only Stanton notably launched some TRIPLE DECKERS that landed in the far reaches of Target Field. One of those triple-deck homers was the longest of the night up until that point; Stanton launched a homer high and deep into the recesses of the stadium, going a full 422 feet out into the triple deck. The homer landed three rows shy of the back of the stadium in the third deck. According to ESPN Home Run Tracker, however, that #MONSTERDONG had enough distance to travel a whopping 510 feet!
Stanton hit a few other monster shots, including a beautiful 430-foot line drive that reached the deck in deep center field. Unfortunately, none of those six homers reached in the NL finals, and Frazier's lone home run was good enough to advance. It signaled a disappointing end to a fantastic Home Run Derby for Stanton. C'est la vie, see you tomorrow night at the All-Star Game!