WINSTON SALEM, NC - A three-run, walk-off home run from Tyler Frost spoiled a late comeback as the Frederick Keys (5-13, 34-53) dropped a 9-7 contest to the Winston-Salem Dash (7-11, 45-37) on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. With the Keys leading 7-5 in the 10th inning, the Dash plated a run and then put two on for Frost, who drilled the first pitch he saw into the right field seats. Offensively, Frederick was 3-for-23 with runners in scoring position, leaving 13 men on base. It marks the seventh straight loss for the Keys, who have not won a game in July.
The two squads headed into extra innings tied 5-5 and the Keys struck in the top of the 10th. With runners at the corners, Zach Jarrett stroked an RBI single into left field to take a 6-5 lead, and Ryan Ripken added another with a monster RBI double off the right field wall. Jarrett was caught trying to score to end the inning, giving the Keys a two-run lead. After tossing two scoreless innings, Cameron Ming (2-3) gave up a base hit and a walk before the walk-off shot to Frost.
In the first inning, the Keys jumped out to a 3-0 lead quickly. After the first two runners reached, J.C. Escarra cleared the bases with a triple to deep centerfield. A batter later, Jomar Reyes hit a sharp ground ball that got under Yeyson Yrizzari's glove and score Escarra to make it 3-0.
Zach Lewis then hit a batter and Yrizzari committed another error to load the bases, but he escaped the inning after inducing a fly-ball and doubling off Reyes at third base.
The Dash responded in the bottom of the first. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out and after Ofelky Peralta struck out Craig Dedelow, Jordan George cracked a single into right field that scored a pair of runs to make it 3-2.
Steele Walker then tied the game 3-3 with a solo home run in the third inning and in the fourth, Evan Skoug hit the go-ahead home run. Walker added another with an RBI single that made it 5-3 Dash.
Peralta was finished after completing the fifth. He allowed five runs on 10 hits, including a pair of home runs, and struck out five.
Lewis was solid through the fifth inning, but the Keys got to him in the sixth. With a runner aboard, Kirvin Moesquit clubbed a triple to right center field that brought the runner home and brought the Keys within a run 5-4.
Lewis gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and struck out three over six innings.
Luis Ledo entered in his place and gave up a lead-off triple to Zach Jarrett, the first batter of the inning. Escarra then hit a hard groundball to the left side of the infield but Tate Blackman missed it, and Jarrett scored to tie the game 5-5.
Jose Nin (3-2) earned the win after tossing the final two innings.
The game was delayed 20 minutes as well in the top of the eighth inning due to rain.
The Keys and Dash square off again on Monday, June 8. RHP Brenan Hanifee (5-8, 5.11) takes the mound for Frederick opposite RHP Jorgan Cavanerio (4-0, 3.16) for Winston Salem. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm. Pregame coverage is set to start at 6:45pm on frederickkeys.com and the Tune In radio app.
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