CLINTON — If there were a Scott Steinmann curse for the Beloit Snappers, Trace Loehr killed it quickly on Friday.
Four hits were all the Clinton LumberKings could manage in an 8-1 loss to the Beloit Snappers on Friday night at Ashford University Field. Beloit (1-1, 33-38) pitching overmatched the LumberKings (1-1, 33-36) striking out 15 batters over the course of the night.
“I thought it was the curse of me or something, so to break that, it’s a good thing,” Steinmann, the manager for the Snappers said.
Steinmann managed three separate teams here for the LumberKings. It’s the first time that Steinmann has won at AU Field since August 2015.
The scoring for Beloit started immediately. Trace Loehr homered to right to leadoff the game in the top of the first inning, for his first home run of the season.
“I wasn’t thinking about it too much, I tried to find a good pitch to hit,” Loehr said. “Luckily, (Ljay Newsome) left me a pitch up that I could get the barrel to. It’s been awhile since we’ve won like this.”
The Snappers received their second home run of the game from another unlikely source in the third inning. Newsome, in his final inning of work, allowed three runs to Beloit in the third. A rally that was capped by an Eric Marinez two-run homer to right off Newsome (4-7). The long fly was just the second of the year for Marinez.
Matt Millburn started for Beloit and overmatched the LumberKings over his seven innings on the mound. The righty struck out a career high 12 batters and limited Clinton to a single run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Bryson Brimgan drove home Dimas Ojeda for the sixth inning run, that proved to be the only one of the night for the LumberKings.
Milburn (3-5) allowed just three hits to earn the win and was relieved by Sam Sheehan who shutout the LumberKings over the final two innings.
“Our pitching went out and did a really nice job,” Steinmann said. “They were aggressive in the zone.”
Beloit answered Clinton’s sixth inning run with a run of the their own in the top of the seventh before putting the game out of reach with their second three-run rally of the night in the top of the ninth inning.
The loss for the LumberKings is their first to the Snappers this season at home, ending a 13-game winning streak against Beloit at Ashford University Field that dates back to June 10, 2016.
“Obviously, there weren’t very many positives,” LumberKings Manager David Macias said. “I think we tried to compete for the whole game, but when you’re not putting the ball in play and striking out that much, it’s hard to win.”