The Major League Baseball Home Run Derby wasn’t the only game in town last night. Triple A also held their Home Run Derby in Omaha, Nebraska pitting the finest sluggers in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues against one another to see who can be their Todd Frazier. The Reno Aces, the Triple A team of the Arizona Diamondbacks were represented by Peter O’Brien and Jamie Romak.
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After Romak hit ten the first round, he was bounced out of the second round after hitting only three long balls. Meanwhile, O’Brien enjoyed the most productive round of the night with 13 blasts in the first round. He eventually made it to the finals against Norfolk’s Daniel Alvarez. In the final duel of the night, Alvarez took home the title with six dingers with O’Brien going deep five times. The future D’back had the last four swings to either tie or defeat Alvarez but came up short. He finished with 20 homers on the night compared to Alvarez’s 21.
Former Arizona third base prospect Matt Davidson, currently with the White Sox Triple A affiliate in Charlotte, also participated and finished tied for fourth place with nine long balls.