Matheny confident in Cards' mental toughness

Matheny confident in Cards' mental toughness

CHICAGO -- Consecutive walk-off losses to the Cubs at Wrigley Field gave the Cardinals their first series loss of the season entering Wednesday afternoon's series finale.

And although St. Louis has managed only five and six hits in the first two games, respectively, and scored just two runs each time, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he wasn't worried about his team rebounding from two straight tough losses.

The reason? Because even though the Cardinals ran into two hot starting pitchers in Cubs right-handers Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija, they were still in position to win both games.

Chicago's Joe Mather hit a two-run, game-winning single Monday against closer Jason Motte while, Tuesday, Alfonso Soriano gave the Cubs a comeback win with a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th.

"They know what it's like to have good runs, they know what it's like to have runs that are not so good. But right now it's not even really a bad run," Matheny said. "They've got to be pretty proud of the way they handled themselves. There's going to be times when the bullpen carries you, there's going to be times when you need more offense, and we were set up pretty good both games. It just didn't turn out right."