Needing a win each time they take the field, the Aberdeen IronBirds settled for a double-header split Wednesday with Connecticut at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.
The 'Birds won game one, 2-0, and were within six outs of a sweep in game two, but Connecticut scored two runs late and won, 3-2. The Tigers won the series 2-1.
Aberdeen (37-31) is down to its final eight games and trails Staten Island by 4.5 games in the McNamara Division entering Thursday's game. The 'Birds are 3 games behind Hudson Valley in the Wild Card race.
Aberdeen will be in Tri-City tonight (Thursday) night with additional games Friday and Saturday against the ValleyCats. The 'Birds final home games of the season are set for Sunday (5:35 p.m.), Monday (1:05 p.m.) and Tuesday (7:05 p.m.).
The final two games of the season find the 'Birds at Hudson Valley. Aberdeen will have to be within two games of the Renegades for those games to matter in the playoff chase.