Sluggers come up short

Cedar Rapids first baseman Jordan Renz and Arkansas shortstop Brandon Wood were both involved in home run derbies as part of their leagues' all star game festivities, but neither was able to claim a victory.

Brandon Wood, who was third in the Texas League with 15 home runs over the first half of the season, was the fan favorite at Ray Winder Field. But the righty managed only one homer in the first round of the home run derby and could not advance to the second round.

San Antonio's Wladimir Balentien ultimately won the contest, defeating Joe Koshansky in the final round. Koshansky had the second-highest home run total in the minors last season, trailing only Wood.

In Davenport, Jordan Renz went into the finals of the Midwest League version of the contest, but took eight swings in the last tie-break round to put one over the fence. Quad Cities first baseman Randy Roth then beat him out with a shot on the fifth pitch.

Renz finished the first half of the Kernels' season leading with league-leading 14 homers in 210 at-bats.

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