Who says Spring Training can't feel like regular season baseball?
After Bauer gave up the 3 HR's in the Spring Training game he said later he was “trying to get my pitch count up.” Mariners’ manager Scott Servais shot back at those comments. Here is what he said:
“Certainly, Bauer was on top of his game early,” Servais said (via Kramer). “I just wanted everybody to know our guys weren’t trying the first four innings. We decided to try in the fifth inning last night, and it worked out. Our guys started trying. I know he had said maybe he wasn’t trying in the fifth, but our guys were trying in the fifth. We just didn’t take it seriously the first three or four innings.”
“Our guys were hitting with one eye shut the first four innings and trying to breathe through our eyelids because we’re focusing on different things that will help us through the year."
Servais responded to the comments made by Bauer earlier after the game. Here is what Bauer said:
"I got what I wanted out of it (the outing)," Bauer told reporters (viaDaniel Kramer of MLB.com). "The fifth inning, there really wasn’t any thought of sequencing or whatever. I was just throwing pitches. That’s not a really good mind frame to be in when you’re trying to get guys out.
The Mariners went on to win that game 7-3.