CINCINNATI (CBSLA.com) — Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson hit 13 home runs in the first round of the 2015 Home Run Derby on Monday to eliminate Orioles slugger Manny Machado.
Pederson’s 13 homers are more than twice the amount that any Dodger has ever hit in the derby.
The young center fielder started out hot, hitting a shot to right field on his first pitch, and was locked in from there.
He didn’t even need his full four minutes at the plate to defeat Machado.
Dodgers infielder Kike Hernandez took to social media to support his teammate.
Angels slugger Albert Pujols, meanwhile, eliminated Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs in the first round with 10 homers. While Pujols needed nine to tie, his 10th homer was hit as the four-minute counter reached zero.
With both players advancing, they were then set to face off in the second round against each other.
Perderson would hang on with his 12 second-round home runs to edge Pujols’ 11 shots, moving on to take hometown hero Todd Frazier in the final round.
Frazier would win in his bonus time of the final round, after an unprecedented 14 homers by Pederson in the top of the round. Nonetheless, Pederson received plenty of support from his fellow All-Stars, and his teammates back at home.