As far as emotions go Thursday at Wrigley Field, that empty feeling the Cardinals had on the scoreboard ran a distant third behind concern and searing anger.

The Cardinals’ 3-0 loss to the rival Cubs started with an injury to Matt Holliday and added a perceived insult to Matt Adams at the end.

Manager Mike Matheny was ejected from the game after the final out because he confronted home plate umpire Dan Bellino about how the official dismissed Adams in the ninth inning following a called third strike.

Matheny and Bellino exchanged verbal fireworks as Bellino walked off the field, and Matheny was eventually restrained by crew chief Wally Bell.

The Cardinals’ manager appeared to make contact with the umpires as they separated him from Bellino. The Cardinals felt Bellino had “shooed” Adams away as the rookie questioned the call.

“It had more to do with the umpire and how he mistreated one of our players,” Matheny said after the game. “It had nothing to do with the call. It had everything to do with him going too far. You can’t take your mask off and motion somebody away. We haven’t had any trouble. We haven’t been complaining all game long.

“He wanted to be seen, so now he’s going to be seen.”

The Cardinals are left to wait and see what Major League Baseball’s view of Matheny’s argument will be, and who will be available in the dugout this weekend.

Holliday was removed from the game in the fourth inning because of a hamstring injury. He called himself “day to day” after spending most of the game icing and receiving treatment.

He grimaced and gripped his right hamstring while trying to outrun a grounder in his fourth inning at-bat. Holliday stepped gingerly toward first base and had to tread carefully as he walked off the field. He made it back to the clubhouse without help.