At The Ballpark: 2018 California League HR Derby and All-Star Game

The Hangar
The 2018 Cal League All-Star Game.

On a night that can only be described as sweltering, The Hangar, which is typically windy, was hot and still. Those who typically loathe the winds were praying for even the slightest breeze, if not to help the hitters of the Home Run Derby, but for relief for themselves. Both sides went away happy though with the South winning the Home Run Derby and the North taking the game.

Roberto Ramos
Roberto Ramos gets assistance from his teammates during a break in the Home Run Derby.

Home Run Derby

There were five participants in the Home Run Derby with the top two advancing to the final. Dodgers prospect Rylan Bannon started it off with 11 home runs followed by Jonah Heim from the A’s with five. Next was the Padres’ Hudson Potts who hit nine and the Giants’ Jalen Miller with eight. The hometown favorite, Roberto Ramos (Rockies), was up last and belted 11 to move to the finals with Bannon.

In the finals, Bannon led off with a respectable 10, but the hometown was behind Ramos from the start and he did not disappoint. After a rough start, he took a time out to regroup. His teammates brought water and patted him down with a towel. It did the trick and Ramos wowed the crowd with moonshots to right to beat Bannon with 11.

All-Star Game

North Division 8, South Division 1

The game was pretty lopsided with the North Division providing all the offense. They pounded out 18 hits to the South’s four. The sole South run came on Logan Landon’s (Dodgers) solo shot in the fifth.

The North was led by the Ports’ Dairon Blanco (Athletics) who was also the game MVP. He had four hits including two singles, a double and a home run.

Five other North players also had multi-hit games: Evan White (Mariners), Jonah Heim (Athletics), Nate Mondou (Athletics), Joe Rizzo (Mariners), and Johneshwy Fargas (Giants).

Both managers used nine pitchers each, making sure not to overwork anyone.

Photo Gallery

Rylan Bannon
Rylan Bannon during the Cal League All-Star Game.
Jonah Heim
Jonah Heim from the Stockton Ports.
Jonah Heim
Johan Heim swings for the fences.
Hudson Potts
Hudson Potts from the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Jalen Miller
Jalen Miller from the San Jose Giants.
Jalen Miller
Jalen Miller
Roberto Ramos
Roberto Ramos from the Lancaster JetHawks.
Roberto Ramos
The winners of the Home Run Derby.
South Division All-Star Team
The South Division All-Star Team.
Roberto Alomar
Roberto Alomar was inducted into the Cal League Hall of Fame before the game.

All photos – credit Gail Verderico, @1baseballchick on Twitter

Gail is Bay Area born and raised. She was conflicted on which side of the Bay to root for early on, but eventually made the right choice and sided with the A’s. Gail now lives in Southern California and enjoys travelling around the country watching as many baseball games as she can. Follow her on Twitter @1baseball_gail.

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