Siegrist pitched a scoreless eighth inning before the Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Siegrist remained in the game for the ninth inning and he was able to record the last three outs to earn his first save of the season.
In four appearances this season, Siegrist has yet to surrender a run over 2 1/3 innings.
"I feel like now I can just go out there and worry about what pitch I’m going to throw instead of thinking about certain stuff that I was thinking about in spring, all the time in spring," Siegrist said. "My timing is better. Everything is better after working on it."
Despite his success Wednesday, Siegrist knows he has to continue his work from the spring throughout the season.
"I work on everything every day before the game, especially my slider," Siegrist said. "I worked on it so much during spring that I don’t want to lose anything from it."
Siegrist threw 15 of his 20 pitches for strikes, and it was a positive step after dealing with command issues related to mechanical changes this spring, MLB.com reports.
"We needed to get him back out there before we left, just to have it reinforced that his stuff is really good," manager Mike Matheny said. "I thought he threw some good changeups, a couple sliders and was in the strike zone with the fastball. Today was great."
Siegrist ends the spring with a 2.08 ERA and 12:3 K:BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings.
"He got a little longer today for some reason," manager Mike Matheny said. "I don't know if he's trying to put a little more [velocity] on it or exactly what it is. I think he was thinking a little more about his stuff. Those are things that we hadn't seen much from him this spring."
The run was the first Siegrist has allowed in six innings this spring, and he's racked up seven strikeouts while issuing only one walk.
"I worked on it a little bit [this offseason] because I knew someone was going to say something to me," Siegrist said. "Every single bullpen [at spring training] I've been working on it, and also on the flat ground, too."
Baserunners were successful stealing off Siegrist six of seven times last year.
"I haven't had the problems like I did last year holding runners on," he said. "I looked at last year and talked about it with the coaching staff, and if I feel comfortable, I'll [use the slide step] most of the time. I just have to be careful not to get too quick. I think I was rushing it a little bit."
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