Manny Machado gave it a good run in the Home Run Derby, knocking in twelve home runs over 4:30 of swings in his first round matchup. He hit the fourth-most home runs of the eight participants in the first round, which would have advanced him under the old format.
Unfortunately, due to the head-to-head format debuting this year, Machado was up against the Dodgers' outfielder Joc Pederson, who spent the whole of his time launching monster bombs. Pederson passed Machado with 13 home runs with over a minute left on the clock, bringing an end to Machado's derby. With 12 home runs, Machado would have beaten both Albert Pujols and Josh Donaldson, who beat the Cubs' Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, respectively.
Even though Machado didn't win the Home Run Derby, O's fans will get to win - at least, assuming you'd like to get some tickets to the July 27-29 series against the Braves. The Orioles will be offering select tickets to the series at $12 off - one dollar off per Machado home run - starting at 10am tomorrow morning. You have to use the code "MANNY" to get the discount, which will only be available while supplies last.
Even in just one round, Machado got to have one funny moment. He used the one timeout he was allowed, and during that short break, Adam Jones served Manny some chips and some of Manny's own salsa:
Well, maybe next year, Manny. The last Oriole to win a Home Run Derby was Miguel Tejada in 2004. Cal Ripken Jr. also won one back in 1991.