Despite squandering a ninth-inning lead, the Norfolk Tides beat Rochester 3-2 Saturday night at Harbor Park on Jonathan Schoop's RBI single in the 12th inning.
Chris Dickerson scored to break a tie that was created when the Red Wings scored twice in the ninth inning off the usually reliable Jairo Asencio. Many of what was left of a crowd of 10,072, some of whom hoped to stay for fireworks, enjoyed the finish.
Schoop atoned for his throwing error at shortstop in the ninth, which ignited the Minnesota Twins affiliate's tying surge.
Mark Hendrickson gained the win with three scoreless innings of relief.
The Tides (64-58) maintained their tenuous grasp on the IL's wild-card playoff berth. They lead the Buffalo Bisons (62-58) by one game.
The box score is here:
Richmond (59-60) won its longest game of the year (4 hours and 29 minutes), defeating New Hampshire 7-2 in 13 innings in Manchester to even their series.
Joe Panik delivered a tiebreaking RBI single -- his third hit of the night -- for the Flying Squirrels in the 13th, and Javier Herrera all but clinched the victory with a grand slam.
The Fisher Cats (56-61), Toronto's Double-A affiliate, are managed by former Tides skipper Gary Allenson. They pulled even at 2 in the 12th when Adam Loewen's pop fly to left fell for an RBI hit.
The Squirrels have gone 10-2 in their last 12 games to get back near .500 and on the fringe of contention for a second-place division finish and playoff berth. Both losses, including Friday’s defeat to the Fisher Cats, were to pitcher Deck McGuire, a former Peninsula Pilot who grew up in the Richmond area.
Saturday's box score is here:
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The Peninsula Pilots will try to turn the tables on a nemesis when they face the Edenton Steamers in a best-of-three Petitt Cup semifinal series, starting at 7:05 p.m. Sunday at War Memorial Stadium.
The Pilots, coming off back-to-back home victories against Wilmington that prolonged their season, went 3-9 against the Steamers in the regular season.
Edenton will host Game 2 at 7 p.m. Monday and, if necessary, Game 3 Tuesday.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun