They already have the two losses. After the Cubs got all of their runs with two outs in a 4-3 win Tuesday, the Cubs scored five of their seven with two outs Wednesday as they beat the Cardinals for the fourth consecutive time in Busch Stadium this year, taking a 7-1 decision.
This came despite a four-hit game by Juan Encarnacion, who raised his average to .293 and drove in the only run in fourth inning with one of his four singles.
The Cubs were only 1-for-10 in the first three innings, but they adjusted the next time around, jumping on mostly high Wainwright offerings and cuffing him for seven hits in 13 at-bats.
"We've been in this position, it seems like, most of the season," manager Tony La Russa said. "We've lost the first two games of a series. But if we play harder (Thursday) because we're 0-2, then you should really fault the effort of the first two games."
However, La Russa also said, "It's been true for weeks now that if we have a bad stretch, then we're really in trouble."
CUBS 7, CARDINALS 1: The story of Wednesday's game was a simple one. The Cardinals had no extra-base hits (eight singles) and the Cubs had five doubles and a triple. The Cardinals, once an automatic team at home, are 21-24 at Busch Stadium this season.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--OF Skip Schumaker, though he made an out in a pinch=hitting appearance Wednesday, has been an offensive force lately, going 18-for-37 over his last 15 games. He also is 4 for his last 8 as a pinch hitter.
"He doesn't get the opportunities unless he does well," manager Tony La Russa said. "He's done a lot, and a lot of it has been clutch."
--The Cardinals will have at least a couple of roster moves to make this weekend. RHP Anthony Reyes will be recalled from Class AAA Memphis to pitch one game of a day-night doubleheader against Milwaukee on Saturday. And INF/OF Scott Spiezio, who has had an infected left index finger, is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday.
--2B Brendan Ryan had two hits and is 19-for-53 (.358) in 15 starts at the major league level.
--RHP Adam Wainwright, though he lost Wednesday, tied his single-game high of seven strikeouts.