Pensacola’s Josh Donaldson Hits 3 Homers in Derby


Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; American League infielder Josh Donaldson (20) of the Oakland Athletics at bat in the first round during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Pensacola’s Josh Donaldson failed to make it out of the first round of the 2014 Home Run Derby after losing in a tiebreaker to Oakland Athletics teammate Yoenis Cespedes.

Donaldson mashed three homers in his turn, including two that came on the flex ball, or what is more commonly known as the money ball. The final homer he hit ended up in the third deck of left field.

However, he would be tied with his A’s teammate Cespedes so they went to a tiebreaker to see who would advance.

With three pitches to play with, Donaldson cranked one homer while Cespedes went deep twice to advance.

The 28-year-old Donaldson will also get the start at third base tomorrow in the All-Star game, which is being played at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 92 games this year with Oakland, Donaldson has 20 homers and 65 RBIs with a slash line of .238/.317/.449. It’s the first All-Star appearance of his career.

While born in Florida, Donaldson attended attended Faith Academy in Mobile, Alabama before heading to Auburn University.