"It was more about pressure than anything," Cowgill said. "I put a lot of it on myself.
So the 25-year-old Cowgill found someone to take it off.
After meeting with Peter Crone, the D-backs' mental skills coach, the outfielder recorded multi-hit games in back-to-back starts, including a career-high four-hit performance on Sunday against the Padres.
"He just tried to help me find a way to relax and not worry about what's already happened, because it's not going anywhere, it's already on paper," Cowgill said. "He said, 'Just stop thinking about that. It's a waste of energy and a waste of time.'"
Cowgill is hitting .217 (13-for-60) in his young Major League career, but Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said that he could see a certain sense of calm in Cowgill -- beginning in Sunday's game, in which he notched his first career home run.
"I felt a lot more calm, a lot more relaxed and I saw the ball better," Cowgill said. "I've been talking to Peter and I just kind of decided to forget whatever's happened, because it's the past and there's no sense in looking at it any more."
Also helping were the consistent at-bats, after Cowgill received only one plate appearance in his previous three games.
"It's nice to know that if you don't get a hit in your first at-bat, you have a couple more to get back in the swing," Cowgill said.