The Home Run Derby pool of contestants is now complete. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the other three players confirmed for participation are Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, and Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger.
Earlier, we learned that Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez announced their participation, and Justin Bour‘s was confirmed as well. The aforementioned six will join Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Sano on Monday, July 10 at Marlins Park in Miami.
The stats for Blackmon, Moustakas, and Bellinger prior to Monday’s action:
- Blackmon: .313/.366/.572, 17 HR, 58 RBI, 65 R in 375 PA
- Moustakas: .270/.306/.547, 22 HR, 49 RBI, 40 R in 307 PA
- Bellinger: .260/.332/.624, 24 HR, 56 RBI, 47 R in 271 PA
The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.
Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.
The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.