CINCINNATI - With their team residing near the bottom of the NL Central all season and likely to be an active seller before the trade deadline, Reds fans have been limited in their cheering options in 2015. And so you'd better believe they brought the noise Monday night in the rejiggered Home Run Derby with one of their own among the competitors.
And Todd Frazier, the Toms River High School (N.J.) product who entered the All-Star break with 25 homers, didn't disappoint the boisterous sellout crowd of 43,587, advancing to the final in thrilling fashion and winning there the same way.
The second-seeded Frazier beat fourth-seeded Joc Pederson of the Dodgers in the final, 15-14, winning it with a bonus-time homer.
After watching Pederson hit 14 homers in his time, Frazier, hitting against his brother Charles, hit eight in his final 2 minutes, 30 seconds to tie him.
Frazier won it on the first pitch of extra time, creating a noise in this ballpark that won't be duplicated anytime soon.
Frazier defeated third-seeded Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays, 10-9, in the semifinals, winning on the last pitch of his four minutes. He beat seventh-seeded Prince Fielder of the Rangers, 14-13, in the first round, winning with a first-pitch homer in extra time.
In the other semifinal, Pederson beat top-seeded Albert Pujols of the Angels, 12-11.
The tweaked event featured a single-elimination format with eight players seeded 1-8 in a bracket, with each player given five minutes (it was cut to four in a last-minute attempt to beat the rain in the forecast) to hit as many homers as possible.
Bonus time could be earned for lengths of home runs, such as 30 extra seconds for two homers that equaled or exceeded 425 feet.