ST. LOUIS -- Wade Miley will try to shut off his mind a bit when he takes the mound Wednesday night against the Cardinals.
The D-backs lefty has struggled recently, including his start last Friday against the Cubs when he allowed seven runs in the first three innings. Miley settled in and threw four more scoreless innings after that, but the hole he dug was too deep for his offense to crawl out.
Miley said the turnaround in that game was largely because once he fell behind so far, he just stopped thinking and started pitching. With that in mind, he's trying not to overthink things for Wednesday.
"I don't want to think about it," Miley said. "I don't even want to talk about it until after. I just want to go pitch. That's pretty much it."
Miley's battle to not overthink is something that is faced by players throughout the game.
"If you get too analytical, it's very, very dangerous," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's more of a feel of how you're going to do it; you've got a conviction of where you're going to throw your pitch, or offensively what kind of pitch you're going to hit."
D-backs dispute call at third; Trammell tossed
ST. LOUIS -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was pretty sure his third baseman, Martin Prado, tagged Carlos Beltran before Beltran's foot touched the bag on an attempted steal in the sixth inning. But when Gibson saw Prado immediately start arguing with third base umpire Jordan Baker, he knew what replays would later confirm -- Prado was right.
Gibson jogged out and had a brief conversation with Baker, who is a Minor League fill-in umpire, before returning to the dugout.
"You just have your say and then you've to move on," Gibson said. "You've got to move on, you've got to deal with it. Things happen in this game."
The call proved costly, however, when instead of Beltran being caught stealing for the third out of the inning, he was called safe and later scored when Yadier Molina singled to right.
The run cut the D-backs lead to 6-5 and the Cardinals tied the game one inning later. The game wound up lasting 14 innings.
"The throw got there way earlier," Prado said. "So I put my glove a little bit [in front of] the base and he tagged my glove. I pulled it back and he got to the base and [Baker] said, 'No, you didn't tag him out.' I was like, 'What?' 'No, you didn't tag him.' I flipped my mind out there. I couldn't believe it."
Prado kept his cool enough to stay in the game, but the normally mild-mannered bench coach Alan Trammell was ejected when he yelled something at Baker from the bench after watching a replay of the tag in the video room behind the dugout.
"It was nothing bad," Gibson said of what Trammell yelled. "[Baker] didn't have to throw him out. He just had a short fuse."
Prado did not criticize Baker much after the game, though, probably because the D-backs ended up winning.
"This is a game," Prado said. "I feel like everybody's human and that's going to happen. Things are going to happen. But it could have changed the result of the game. I think both teams played a pretty good game and in the end, [Paul Goldschmidt] came up big and that was huge for the team."
Prado said that after he initially complained to Baker, he put the incident behind him.
"The only thing you can control is, 'Hey, I disagree,'" Prado said. "And I told him. I said, 'I disagree with you. I don't think that was the right call.' After that, it was over, and I knew what I said wouldn't change anything."
Hudson leaves rehab start early due to elbow stiffness
ST. LOUIS -- Arizona pitcher Daniel Hudson had his injury rehab start for Double-A Mobile cut short Tuesday after experiencing stiffness in his surgically-repaired right elbow.
According to a D-backs spokesperson, Hudson was set to return to Phoenix to have the elbow looked at by team physician Michael Lee.
Hudson, who had Tommy John surgery last July, was making his first rehab start outside of three extended spring training outings. He allowed one run on two hits over two innings for Mobile before leaving after just 48 pitches.
When he initially had his surgery, the estimated timetable for Hudson's return was around the All-Star Break, but he had been progressing ahead of schedule and there was some feeling that he might be able to return after just a couple of starts for Mobile.
Gibson lends support to scrutinized umpires
ST. LOUIS -- Everyone, it seems these days, is down on Major League umpires, but D-backs manager Kirk Gibson recently gave a spirited defense of the men in blue.
"I think the umpires do a heck of a job," Gibson said. "They are under a lot of scrutiny. We all want them to be perfect. And yet we watch them in super-slow motion from 24 different cameras ... . And even after watching it, we're like, 'He might have been out. He might have been safe.' It's tough."
Despite his fiery reputation as a player, Gibson has been pretty tame as a manager when it comes to arguing with umpires.
Part of the reason for his restraint is because he wants to let his players to handle their own business and another is because he does not feel it does any good.
"You just can't rag a guy for every single pitch you think he misses or every play he misses," Gibson said. "If it happens two or three times, you're going to go out there and talk. What are you going to say? He's going to say, 'Hey, I thought the guy was out.' Now what? 'You're a rotten [expletive].' That's not fair. That's not right. I don't want to do that."
There is one thing that will draw the ire of Gibson, and that is if he feels an umpire is baiting one of his players.
According to Gibson, that was what prompted his furious exchange with home plate umpire Bob Davidson after Davidson had words with catcher Miguel Montero. Gibson stormed out of the dugout, was quickly ejected and the two men had a shouting match.
But umpires rarely do that, Gibson said.
"I told my players, 'Stay in the game, I'll take care of it,'" Gibson said. "I'll get thrown out. It's more important that I do than them. They need to stay in the game."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.