SAN DIEGO — The MLB Home Run Derby had an Appalachian State flavor to it on Monday night with Mountaineer third baseman Beau Myers getting to throw pitches to his brother and derby contestant, Wil Myers.
The San Diego Padres’ first baseman is having his best season as a professional hitter, hitting .286 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs in the first half of the season.
With this year’s derby and MLB All-Star game taking place at Petco Park in San Diego, the brothers got a loud ovation as the fans wanted to see the hometown hitter do well.
Unfortunately for Wil, he was defeated in the first round by Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Duvall. Duvall’s 11 homers eclipsed Myers’ 10 homers.
Maybe the funniest part of the evening was when Beau hit his brother Wil on the left hip with a pitch that sailed in at the speed of your average school zone crossing.
The younger brother is coming off of his first season as a part of the Mountaineer program. Beau started all but six games last season.
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