PHOENIX -- D-backs third-base coach Matt Williams has had a rough couple of days directing runners rounding third for home, so after seeing him get down on himself a bit, manager Kirk Gibson decided to offer a few words of encouragement.
"I just told him to let it go," Gibson said. "He beats himself up, just like I would and all the players do. He's been great though. Those things are going to happen."
In the second inning on Thursday with one out and Martin Prado on first, Gerardo Parra smacked a ball down the left-field line and Williams initially signaled for Prado to try to score, but as he rounded third, Williams changed his mind and threw up the stop sign. Prado hit the brakes, but at that point, he was too far off the bag and the Phillies tagged him out before he could retreat to third.
A similar situation played a day later in the first inning on Friday, but it had a better ending for the D-backs. With two down and Paul Goldschmidt on first base, Eric Chavez doubled down the right-field line and Williams motioned his arm in the air for Goldschmidt to score, but he again switched the sign to stop once he saw the relay throw coming.
This time though, Goldschmidt ran through the belated stop sign and beat the throw home.
Even with the couple of miscommunications, Gibson's confidence in Williams hasn't wavered.
"He's unreal, he's very talented at what he does in every respect," Gibson said. "He's going to make mistakes but ... you can't even imagine what he does for us."
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.