CLINTON — Scott Steinmann had the chance to get a good seat for the postgame fireworks display by creating a few of his own in the ninth inning Friday night.
Steinmann, Clinton’s manager, was ejected after his first two batters were called out on strikes in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 6-1 Midwest League baseball loss to Cedar Rapids.
“I disagreed with some on both sides,” Steinmann said of his ejection after Marcus Littlewood and Jack Reinheimer were called out. The Nos. 2 and 3 hitters in the Clinton lineup were a combined 0-for-8 with seven strikeouts. “I’m there to protect the players, and I’d rather have myself get tossed out than them.”
A season-best crowd of 5,136 took in the game at Ashford University Field.
“It was a nice crowd,” Steinmann said. “Loved seeing the town of Clinton come out and support the LumberKings. Hopefully we can have more of that.”
While there were postgame fireworks and Steinmann’s outburst, there were few offensive sparks for Clinton. The LumberKings managed just two hits.
“We ran across some good pitching,” Steinmann said. “Those are some guys who will pitch in the major leagues someday. We just didn’t ... you’ve got to tip your cap to them; they did a great job.”
Kohl Stewart, the fourth player taken in last June’s draft, started for the Kernels, an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The right-hander allowed one hit and one unearned run in six innings. He walked one and struck out six. Yorman Landa and Brandon Peterson combined for seven strikeouts over the final three innings.
Clinton’s lone run did tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
Tyler O’Neill walked with two outs, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored when Joe DeCarlo reached on third baseman Bryan Haar’s fielding error.