7/17 - Home Run Derby Final Round

There was so much stuff going on during the final round of the Home Run Derby that I couldn't sum up the entire plot in just four images. So I'll pull the story from www.ironpigsbaseball.com for you.

Johnson Tops Tracy in Derby Tiebreaker

Dan Johnson took the 2010 Triple-A Home Run Derby crown in come-from-behind fashion over IronPigs slugger Andy Tracy on a soggy Monday night at Coca-Cola Park.

Tracy, hitting first in the final round, cracked 10 long balls to seemingly put himself in good position to take the title on his own turf. But Johnson roared back with home run after home-run belted over the right field wall and into the Bud Light Trough.

With nine outs and nine homers on the board, Johnson, who leads the IL with 24 homers at the break, hit a line drive that cleared the wall by just a few feet to pull even with Tracy.

The Derby went to a five-out tiebreaker where Tracy, understandably winded from the previous round, failed to go deep. Johnson, meanwhile, ended the drama quick, lofting the second pitch of the round over the right-center field wall.

Omaha's Alex Gordon got things going after an hour and 40 minute rain delay crushing three homers in the first round that would hold up to earn the former second overall pick a place in the second round.

Joining Gordon, Tracy and Johnson was Rutgers product and New Jersey native Jeff Frazier (TOL) who hit two round-trippers in the first round to advance.

Both high school sluggers, D.J. King (Nazareth) and Westyn Baylor (Bangor), each left the yard once. King rocketed a 345-foot shot over the wall in right and Baylor deposited a 375-foot shot into the bullpens in left.

Las Vegas' J.P. Arencibia, who leads all of baseball (Minors and Majors) with 25 homers at the break, managed to knock just one out of Coca-Cola Park. Albuquerque's Jay Gibbons, the owner of 121 career Major League homers with the Baltimore Orioles, was the only Derby participant not to hit a home run.

In the semifinal round, Tracy was down to his last four outs needing four home runs to advance and promptly hit the next four over the fence to knock out Gordon, who had seven total home runs, and advance to the finals.

Johnson stepped to the plate in the semi's needing just one home run to take the lead over Tracy into the final round. He ended up hitting five for a two round total of 13.

Tracy's 462-foot mamoth blast in the final round was the longest home run on the evening off the top tier of billboards in right-center.

1. Dan Johnson - Durham (IL) 24 homers
2. Andy Tracy - Toledo (IL) 18 homers
3. Alex Gordon - Omaha (PCL) 7 homers
4. Jeff Frazier - Toledo (IL) 5 homers
5. Westyn Baylor - Bangor High School 1 homer
6. D.J. King - Nazareth High School 1 homer
7. J.P. Arencibia- Las Vegas (PCL) 1 homer
8. Jay Gibbons - Alberquerque (PCL) 0 homers