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6/18 Cubs 4, Cardinals 2

Jeff Samardzija had studied film of the Cardinals for days, and couldn’t find any weaknesses, so he focused on what he could do best, and it worked. Samardzija picked up his first win since May 27 as the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 4-2, on Tuesday night to even the series.

“It’s a rivalry game, and with that aside, you have a respect for [the Cardinals] and how they play the game and how they set their lineup up, one through nine,” Samardzija said. “You know you’ve got to come at it. I’m watching film five days before, and trying to find some weaknesses, and you can look as hard as you want and you’re not going to find it. You just know your margin of error against this team is real small and you’ve just got to deal with it.”

Besides having to face the best offense in the NL and the team with the best record in the Majors, he also was up against 10-game winner Adam Wainwright, who entered with a 2.18 ERA. But Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ransom hit back-to-back home runs in the first off the right-hander to back Samardzija.

Samardzija was efficient and effective, giving up seven hits, including a solo home run to Carlos Beltran in the sixth, and striking out six over 8 1/3 innings. He exited after serving up two singles in the ninth. Kevin Gregg took over, and gave up a RBI single to unstoppable Yadier Molina. David Freese then hit a grounder to second baseman Darwin Barney, who flipped to shortstop Starlin Castro for the force at second. Pinch-runner Shane Robinson, who was on first, slid hard into Castro and well off the bag, and second base umpire Fieldin Culbreth called interference on the play. The game was over.

“[Robinson] wasn’t even close to the base and he had his cleats up,” Castro said. “I understand that you can try to break up the double play in that kind of situation but not like that. … I couldn’t throw the ball because he tried to kill me.”

Samardzija kept the Cubs infielders busy. There was only one flyout in the game, and that was when Matt Carpenter ended the eighth with a fly ball to right fielder Nate Schierholtz. The Cubs right-hander credited a tweak in his mechanics, which helped his fastball be more effective.

“I really wanted to kick this June bugaboo,” he said. “I’ve been working real hard and I just like where I’m at right now.”

In his career, he’s 2-8 with a 7.14 ERA in June, which includes an 0-4 record and 10.41 ERA in five starts last year in the month.

“The movement he had on his ball tonight and keeping hitters off balance and still throwing 96, 97 [mph] in the ninth inning, that’s huge, especially with how hot it is,” Sweeney said. “He kept the ball down and had his sinker going. Whenever you keep the ball down, that’s a plus for the defense.”

No Rizzo? No problem. The Cubs’ lineup was without Anthony Rizzo, who was given his first game off this season. Sveum didn’t say how long the first baseman would sit, just that he needed a “breather” after batting .157 this month. Rizzo is 3-for-6 against Jake Westbrook, who starts Wednesday.

– Carrie Muskat

5/6 Sweeney, Dolis called up

The Cubs promoted outfielder Ryan Sweeney and pitcher Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa, and optioned outfielder Dave Sappelt to the Minor League team. Reliever Kameron Loe was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Sweeney.

Sweeney was pulled from the second game of Iowa’s Sunday doubleheader and told by manager Marty Pevey that he was headed to the big leagues. Sweeney, 28, has played for the White Sox, Athletics and Red Sox, and has a career .280 batting average over seven seasons in the big leagues. Last season, he appeared in 63 games for the Red Sox, batting .260 with 16 RBIs. Boston released him on March 30, and he signed with the Cubs on April 2. A left-handed hitter, he was batting .337 in 23 games with six home runs, two doubles, two triples and 16 RBIs.

Sappelt was used in manager Dale Sveum’s platoon against left-handed pitchers. In 20 games with the Cubs, Sappelt was batting .178 (8-for-45). On Sunday, Loe gave up one run on one hit and two walks in one inning against the Reds, and has a 5.40 ERA in seven games.

In eight games with Iowa, Dolis has given up three runs on six hits and three walks over 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven.

– Carrie Muskat

5/5 Roster moves

The Cubs were expected to call up outfielder Ryan Sweeney from Triple-A Iowa and option Dave Sappelt to the Minor Leagues on Monday. Sweeney was pulled from the second game of Iowa’s Sunday doubleheader and told by manager Marty Pevey that he was headed to the big leagues.

“It’s a good feeling,” Sweeney told the Des Moines Register. “I put in some hard work down here and hopefully, I’ll go up there and transfer it over.”

Sweeney, 28, has played for the White Sox, Athletics and Red Sox, and has a career .280 batting average over seven seasons in the big leagues. Last season, he appeared in 63 games for the Red Sox, batting .260 with 16 RBIs. Boston released him on March 30, and he signed with the Cubs on April 2.

A left-handed hitter, he was batting .337 in 23 games with six home runs, two doubles, two triples and 16 RBIs. Sappelt was used in manager Dale Sveum’s platoon against left-handed pitchers. In 20 games with the Cubs, Sappelt was batting .178 (8-for-45).

The Cubs would have to make a roster move to open a spot on the 40-man for Sweeney. One option may be tweaking the bullpen, and sending right-hander Kameron Loe to Iowa. On Sunday, Loe gave up one run on one hit and two walks in one inning against the Reds, and has a 5.40 ERA in seven games. The team could promote a pitcher from Iowa or decide Kyuji Fujikawa is ready after one rehab outing. The Japanese right-hander, on the disabled list with a strained right forearm since April 13, threw 21 pitches Sunday in one inning for Iowa and struck out two.

– Carrie Muskat

4/26 Minor matters

Ryan Sweeney hit his fourth home run, a three-run shot in the first, to help Iowa beat Omaha 9-3 on Thursday. Sweeney was batting .404 and has an 11-game hitting streak. He was 4-for-5 with a triple and four RBIs. Brent Lillibridge also had four hits and two RBIs. Ian Stewart went 1-for-3 in his eighth rehab game. Esmailin Caridad picked up the win in relief.

Dallas Beeler threw seven shutout innings in Tennessee’s 2-1 win over Pensacola. Ronald Torreyes had three hits and scored a run and Jae-Hoon Ha notched his 10th RBIs.

Javier Baez hit his fourth home run and Chad Noble hit his first in Daytona’s 5-3 win over Lakeland. Zach Cates picked up the win, giving up four hits over five scoreless innings. Baez is batting .238 with 11 RBIs.

Lendy Castillo gave up six runs on eight hits over six innings in Kane County’s 6-4 loss to Fort Wayne. Oliver Zapata hit a two-run double.

– Carrie Muskat

4/16 Minor matters

Ryan Sweeney had two hits, including a third-inning, three-run homer as Iowa lost 11-5 to Albuquerque on Monday. Drew Carpenter took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. Darwin Barney went 4-for-5 with a double in the third and final game of his rehab assignment.

Rubi Silva had three hits, including his second home run, and drove in four runs, but Tennessee lost, 8-7, to Huntsville. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits, including a double, and Jonathan Mota had two hits.

Ben Wells threw six shutout innings, giving up five hits, as Daytona beat Clearwater, 8-1. Zeke DeVoss had two hits and three RBIs, and Ben Carhart had three hits and one RBIs. On Monday, pitcher Ryan Searle was named Florida State League pitcher of the week. In two bullpen appearances, he gave up three hits and struck out 10 over 8 1/3 innings. He picked up the win in relief on April 5.

Kane County’s game against Beloit was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader Tuesday.

* The Smokies announced right-hander Matt Loosen has been added to the active roster from extended Spring Training, and Dae-Eun Rhee has been placed on the disabled list. Rhee, 24, was 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA, giving up one earned run over 10 1/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

4/7 Minor matters

Ryan Sweeney went 3-for-3 in his first game with the Iowa Cubs but it wasn’t enough as they lost, 8-3, to Albuquerque. Brooks Raley took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits over four innings.

Tennessee scored eight runs in the top of the 12th to beat Pensacola, 9-1. The Smokies sent 14 batters to the plate in the 12th. Matt Szczur hit a two-run single to break the tie, Jae-Hoon Ha added a two-run single, then Rafael Lopez hit a two-run double and Szczur finished his night and the inning with a RBI single. Frank Batista picked up the win in relief.

Jorge Soler hit his first home run of the season in Daytona’s 4-2 win over Brevard County. Soler was batting .417 so far. Tim Saunders was 3-for-4.

Oliver Zapata had three hits and five RBIs in Kane County’s 13-10, 11-inning loss to Quad Cities. The two teams combined for 36 hits. Rock Shoulders was 4-for-6 and Dan Vogelbach had three hits.

– Carrie Muskat

4/3 Cubs sign Sweeney

The Cubs have reportedly signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who was released by the Red Sox, to a Minor League deal, and he was to report to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. It’s good news for Sweeney, who lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 28-year-old batted .217 in 21 games this spring with the Red Sox, and was then released.

“[I’m] just frustrated with the situation with how it happened, not making the team and stuff like that,” Sweeney told MassLive.com. “Hindsight’s always 20-20 signing with a team and being a free agent. I don’t regret signing with them. I just wish things had worked out a little different.”

A left-handed hitter, he’s played for the White Sox, Athletics and Red Sox, and has a career .280 average over seven big league seasons.

Sweeney announced his signing on his Twitter account: “So pumped to get this opportunity with the Cubs. I know I have made a lot of Midwest people happy. Looking forward to a great 2013 season!”

– Carrie Muskat

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