Jose Bautista lost to Prince Fielder in the 2012 Home Run Derby, but the grueling contest won't have a negative impact on the rest of his season.
Bautista was the star of the first round, blasting 11 homers. The next-best result was posted by both Carlos Beltran and Mark Trumbo, both of whom hit seven.
The second round was not pretty for Bautista, as he only hit two more to get to a total of 13. It was pretty clear that Bautista started running out of gas by the time the final round came, and his swing started suffering as a result.
He couldn't keep up with the torrid pace of 12 home runs set my Fielder in the final round, but that isn't going to have any impact on his swing going forward.
His swing is going to be just fine, thank you.
Bautista has been one of the league's most consistent power-hitters and run-producers in the past two-and-a-half years. He has hit 124 home runs and driven in 292 RBIs during that stretch, and I don't see him slowing down any time soon.
He is currently tied with Josh Hamilton for the major league lead with 27 home runs, and his 65 RBIs ties him with Carlos Beltran for third place.
In the end, his regular season totals will surpass those of Fielder's, and he'll have the last laugh.
2012 Home Run Derby Results
Champion: Prince Fielder
1. Prince Fielder: 12 (Long: 476)
2. Jose Bautista: 7 (438)
Round 2 (Swing-Off)
1. Jose Bautista: 2 (442)
2. Mark Trumbo: 1 (417)
1. Prince Fielder: 11-16 (476)
2. Jose Bautista: 2-13 (428) (Swing-off participant)
3: Mark Trumbo: 6-13 (457) (Swing-off participant)
4: Carlos Beltran: 5-12 (459)
1. Jose Bautista: 11 (439)
2. Carlos Beltran: 7 (436)
3. Mark Trumbo: 7 (439)
4. Prince Fielder: 5 (454)
5. Carlos Gonzalez: 4 (433)
6. Andrew McCutchen: 4 (436)
7. Matt Kemp: 1 (420)
8: Robinson Cano: 0