Jhonathan Goncalves went a perfect 4-for-4 with five RBs to lead the Fort Myers Miracle to a 12-2 beating of the St. Lucie Mets on Saturday.
The crowd at Hammond Stadium watched the Miracle trounce the Mets on Craig Sager Bobblehead Night. The famed NBA sideline reporter signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans on his 62nd birthday. The first 500 fans through the gates received a Sager bobblehead.
On the field, it was Goncalves and Miracle starter Matt Tomshaw giving the home fans a reason to cheer. Goncalves reached base five times and collected three doubles. His double in the second cleared the bases and erased a 2-0 deficit.
Goncalves was at it again in the fourth. He doubled deep to center plate Levi Michael and Aderling Mejia to give the Miracle an 8-2 lead.
On the mound, Tomshaw made his best start of the year. The lefty allowed just two first inning runs and seven hits over eight innings. He tied Tom Stuifbergen and Taylor Rogers for the longest outing for a Miracle starter this season.
An RBI single by Jayce Boyd and an RBI sac fly put the Mets up 2-0 in the first, but Tomshaw induced a 6-3 double play ball off the bat of Cam Maron to escape further trouble.
Once Goncavles gave the Miracle the lead Tomshaw was able to settle in. He retired 12 in a row between the third and seventh innings.
At the plate the Miracle pounded out 16 hits. Byron Buxton, in his home debut for the Miracle, went 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI from the leadoff spot. Aderling Mejia, Matt Koch and Levi Michael also had two hits apiece.
Alex Panteliodis took the loss for the Mets. The Miracle chased him after 3 2/3 innings. He gave up eight hits and eight earned runs.
Nelvin Fuentes struck out the side in the ninth to close out the game.
The Miracle (49-27, 4-5) and Mets (41-36, 4-6) continue their three game series at 4:05 p.m. Sunday.