Buffalo Bisons slugger Jesus Montero advanced through the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday, which was part of the Triple-A festivities in Charlotte, N.C.
However, his attempt to win the title fell short in the second round of the competition.
Montero had five home runs in the semifinals, and that was behind the totals of Chris Marrero of Pawtucket and Kyle Jensen of Reno. They both hit 16 homers in the second round. Since only two of the batters could advance, Montero was eliminated at that point. Rob Segedin of Oklahoma City led the first round with 12, but he was also eliminated when he hit only 15 homers in the semifinals.
Montero has had a big year at the plate for the Bisons this season. He leads the team with 11 home runs.
The Herd designated hitter had seven homers in the first round to move up in the competition.
Marrero won the championship, defeating Jensen in the head-to-head final round by a score of 18-17. Marrero’s total was the highest of any player in any round.
Each player in the competition was given four minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. There were eight players in the competition. Chad Huffman of Toledo and Travis Taijeron of Las Vegas were eliminated in the first round of the event. In addition, two high school players from the Charlotte area were invited to take part. They had qualified through a competition in May.
Each player had a “celebrity coach.” Montero was helped by Shaq Thompson, a linebacker from the Carolina Panthers. Kevin Harvick, Jason Sehorn and Jack McDowell were some of the other celebrities on hand.
The Triple-A All-Star Game will be played Wednesday night in Charlotte (7 p.m., MLB Network, Radio 1520 AM). Buffalo had four players selected for the game, including Montero. Pitcher Dustin Antolin was picked as a starter, while pitchers Drew Hitchison and Ben Rowen were chosen as reserves.
The Bisons return to work on Thursday night. They will open a four-game series with Lehigh Valley.