MIAMI — Take that, LoMo.
The Kraken unleashed an upset in the first round of the Home Run Derby, as No. 8 seed Gary Sanchez knocked out defending champion Giancarlo Stanton 17-16.
Logan Morrison had said that Sanchez, with only 13 homers, was undeserving of an invite. So much for that.
“Gary shouldn’t be there,” Morrison told the Tampa Bay Times. “Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby.”
“I remember when I had 14 home runs,” Morrison said. “That was a month and a half ago.”
Sanchez’s longest homer travelled 483 feet to Stanton’s 496 feet. But El Gary was able to hold off the No. 1 to advance.
Sanchez, however, couldn’t keep up his slugging heroics in the next round, losing to Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano 11-10.