SAN DIEGO — Can spending 4 minutes and 30 seconds trying to hit home runs out of Petco Park ruin a hitter’s swing?
The Dodgers are about to find out.
Corey Seager was eliminated in the first round of Tuesday’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park by Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo. Seager, the first player to bat, hit 15 home runs off his father, Jeff.
Trumbo, the second player to bat, hit 16 home runs with seven seconds to spare in the timed competition. Trumbo, whose 28 home runs lead the major leagues, started slowly, but Seager’s downfall proved swift after Trumbo took his permitted timeout midway through the round:
Here's Trumbo's HR Derby breakdown: pic.twitter.com/FDRZwQDD4Y
— Daren Willman (@darenw) July 12, 2016
For his part, Seager said he felt a bit nervous at the beginning of his round. It showed:
Here’s what Seager said after he was eliminated:
Trumbo will face Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton in the second round of the Derby. Stanton hit 24 home runs in the first round, more than any other player.
The bracket proved to be a tough draw for Seager: Only Trumbo and Stanton hit more home runs than him. Todd Frazier (13 home runs) of the Chicago White Sox and Adam Duvall (11) of the Cincinnati Reds both advanced to the second round on the opposite side of the bracket.