NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Norfolk needed just one more. After 143 regular-season games, a win over the visiting Durham Bulls on Monday meant the Tides were playing postseason baseball for the first time since 2005.
The Tides left Harbor Park that beautiful September afternoon with one of the worst feelings in baseball: knowing they fell one game shy of the playoffs.
Though the Bulls beat the Tides 1-0 in extra innings, it was the Rochester win that put Norfolk away completely. The Tides held a one-game lead over the Red Wings in the wild card standings at the start of the day. Rochester won their matchup with Scranton 13-3.
A Tides loss and a Red Wings win tied both clubs atop the wild card standings, but since Rochester took the regular season series 6-2, they won the tie-breaker, and thus take the final wild card spot.
The Bulls out-hit the Tides 12-5, with the go-ahead RBI coming in the top of the tenth inning. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom frame, Tides third baseman Jonathan Schoop dropped a single to the gap in shallow right center and represented the tying run on first.
Second baseman Buck Britton stepped to home plate representing the winning run. He stayed a live and fought off a number of pitches before finally swinging and missing, ending the game and the Tides' season.
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