Monday night's 8-2 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays at Hammond Stadium sends the Fort Myers Miracle out on a four-game road trip to Daytona riding a five-game winning streak.
Fresh off the four-game series sweep of the Jays, the Miracle (15-8, 56-36 overall) enjoyed a day off on Tuesday before starting the series Wednesday against the Cubs (15-8), who are leading the North Division standings by a half-game over Brevard County. The Manatees (13-7) come to Hammond Stadium Sunday to start a four-game set with the Miracle, who are 2 1/2 games behind Palm Beach in the South Division standings.
Trailing 1-0 after the top of the first inning Monday, the Miracle jumped on Dunedin starter Ben White for six runs on seven hits. Byron Buxton led off with a single up the middle and advanced to third on a base hit to right-center by Jorge Polanco. After Danny Santana flied out, Dalton Hicks ripped a pitch past first baseman L.B. Dantzler and into right field to score Buxton. Travis Harrison then followed with a RBI single to right to bring in Polanco.
Fort Myers’ Niko Goodrum hits a double to left to score teammate Mike Gonzalez during the Miracle 8-2 win Monday night against the Dunedin Blue Jays. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com
With two on, Mike Gonzales lashed a White (4-6) offering into the gap in right-center driving in two runs. Niko Goodrum sliced a double to left to plate Gonzales. After Stuart Turner flied out, Aderling Mejia pulled a double down the first base line and Goodrum trotted home for the sixth Miracle run.
In the second, White retired the first two batters, but allowed a double to Hicks. Harrison laced a single to left to bring Hicks home and give the Miracle a 7-1 advantage.
After giving up an RBI base hit to Dwight Smith in the first, Tim Shibuya settled into the game to register a quality start for the Miracle. Over six innings, Shibuya (6-3) allowed just one run on six hits and induced two double plays.
The Blue Jays and Miracle traded runs in the seventh. Jorge Saez knocked in a run with a double off the wall in left off Miracle reliever Alex Wimmers. Fort Myers answered with a two-out, RBI single by Gonzales (2-for-4) off Jays reliever Justin Jackson to end the scoring.