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Indians’ Santana Falls in Round One of the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby

CLEVELAND – Indians 1B Carlos Santana gave it a game effort Monday night, but came up short in his bid to bring home the home run derby title to Cleveland.

The Tribe slugger was outed in the first round by New York Mets’ Pete Alonso, losing by a score of 14-13. Santana struggled out of the gate, found his stride midway through with a pair of homers in a row, and ended with 13 blasts.

Alonso had his issues in trying to advance, but got his groove and did enough, winning by one homer with one second left on the clock.

The Mets hitter likely would have won anyway as he earned 30 seconds of bonus time with a homer over 430 feet.

Santana will start at first base for the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star game at Progressive Field.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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