Frost's walk-off blast seals 9-7 victory over Keys

Former Gonzaga star delivers first walk-off home run of the year for Winston-Salem

Tyler Frost crushed a three-run, walk-off home run on Sunday. (Scott Kinser)

By Winston-Salem Dash | July 7, 2019 3:37 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 7, 2019) - With the Rayados trailing 7-6 and runners at first and second in the bottom of the 10th inning, Tyler Frost launched a three-run, walk-off home run into the right field seats to lead the Winston-Salem Rayados to a 9-7 victory over the Frederick Keys on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. 

Winston-Salem (7-11, 45-37) was sporting its Rayados uniforms as a part of Minor League Baseball's "Copa de la Diversión" initiative. After Frederick (5-13, 34-53) scored two runs in the top of 10th against Jose Nin (3-2), Jordan George began the bottom half of the inning as the placed runner at second base. Tate Blackman then bounced a single through the left side against Cameron Ming (2-3), advancing George to third. 

Following Blackman's hit, Evan Skoug grounded out to the right side to bring George home and cut the Frederick lead to 7-6. Yeyson Yrizarri then drew a walk to put runners at first and second for Frost. The former Gonzaga star crushed the first pitch he saw for Winston-Salem's first walk-off home run of the season. 

Prior to the wild ending, Frederick got off to a fast start against Rayados starter Zach Lewis in the top of the first. To lead off the game, Patrick Dorrian ripped a single up the middle before Zach Jarrett was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. JC Escarra then smacked a two-run triple into left-center field.

Following a strikeout by Ryan Ripken, Jomar Reyes grounded a ball under the glove of Rayados third baseman Yeyson Yrizarri. The error allowed Escarra to score to make it 3-0. 

The Rayados responded in the bottom of the first against Ofelky Peralta. After a Frost strikeout, Mitch Roman punched a single through the right side. Steele Walker then drew a walk before a Zach Remillard single loaded the bases.

After a Craig Dedelow strikeout, George lined a single through the right side to plate Roman and Walker and pull the Rayados within a run. 

Winston-Salem evened up the contest in the bottom of the third. With one out, Walker smashed a solo homer into right-center field to tie the game at three. It was Walker's sixth home run of the season. 

In the bottom of the fourth, the Rayados scored via the long ball once again. Following a Blackman strikeout, Skoug belted an opposite-field solo shot over the left field wall to give Winston-Salem a 4-3 lead. 

After Skoug's home run, Yrizarri and Frost collected back-to-back singles. Roman then struckout for the second out. But, Walker then lined a ball into right-center field to bring home Yrizarri and extend the lead to two runs. 

Frederick cut into the Rayados lead in the top of the sixth. With one out, Sean Miller singled into right field before Daniel Fajardo grounded into a fielder's choice to replace him at first. The next batter, Kirvin Moesquit ripped a triple into right-center field, plating Fajardo to make it 5-4. 

The Keys tied it up in the top of the seventh. Jarrett led off the frame by lacing a triple into the right-field corner. Escarra then hit a ground ball that was misplayed by the second baseman Blackman, allowing Jarrett to come home and tie the game at five. 

Winston-Salem continues its three-game set with the Frederick Keys on Monday at 7 p.m. Right-hander Jorgan Cavanerio (4-0, 3.16 ERA) will take the hill for the Dash against fellow righty Brenan Hanifee (5-8, 5.11 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 p.m., and fans can catch all of the action on the wsdash.com/broadcast, MiLB.tv and the TuneIn Radio App.  

Monday's contest with the Keys will be a Free Food Monday, with free hot dogs and french fries available until 8:30 p.m. as well as corn dogs while supplies last. Tuesday's homestand finale will feature $2 tacos, $2 Tecate and $2 tea. For tickets and more information, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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