After a 29-minute rain delay, the Spikes and Oneonta matched zeroes in the first inning, before the Tigers broke the scoreless tie in the second. Oneonta started the frame with a pair of base runners, but after a double play it looked like the Spikes were going to wiggle their way out of trouble. But that all changed when Chris Carlson sent a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall to give Oneonta a 2-0 lead.
That would be all the offense that the Tigers would need as Alfredo Figaro (2-2) kept the Spikes batters off-balance through his seven innings of work, allowing only five hits while walking and striking out three.
Oneonta added to their lead in the seventh with two runs off reliever Nicolas Suero to push their advantage to 4-0. The Spikes finally made their way onto the scoreboard in the eighth when Justin Byler doubled down the left field line to plate Michael Ambrose and trim the score to 4-1 heading into the ninth. In their last turn at-bat, the Spikes loaded the bases with two outs, but Keanon Simon flied out to left to end the threat as Oneonta held on to win 4-1.
The Spikes return to action tomorrow evening for the middle game of three against Oneonta at 7:05 p.m. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. for Spikes Happy Hour featuring food and drink specials as well as live entertainment. Fans are also invited to stay in their seats following the game and enjoy a fireworks extravaganza.