BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- If this was
's last game for a while, at least it was an eventful one.
Sosa had a pair of hits, scored a run and was involved in an on-field incident with a fan as the
posted their third straight win, a 4-0 triumph over the
Sosa, who was caught using a corked bat Tuesday, had the appeal of his eight-game suspension heard prior to the game. A decision on his plea is expected Wednesday.
In the eighth inning of this game, a fan ran onto the field and kneeled in front of Sosa, bowing to the star outfielder as if in worship. The fan then removed his shirt to reveal signs taped to his body that read "Got Cork?" and proceeded to throw two pieces of cork at Sosa.
"It's just another idiot," Sosa said. "I'm not intimidated by nobody. ... I have to deal with it right now. Someday they will get tired of it, but right now I'm hot and they are going to be fans."
had a much more visceral reaction to the fan, who was escorted from the field by four police officers.
"I think they ought to lock him up for years," Hargrove said. "Throw away the key."
Despite the incident, Sosa said that he recognized the actions of one man did not represent the entire crowd.
"They make me feel good," Sosa said of the Baltimore fans. "They made me feel proud out there. You have to understand, I've done a lot. They respect that."
Sosa got the Cubs going when he led off the second inning with a double and scored on a two-base hit by
. A single by Troy O'Leary later in the inning plated
for a 2-0 lead.
"This team is not easily distracted," Cubs manager
said. "We are on a mission. We have a goal and you can't let yourself be distracted. You have to go out there and play the best game you can play."
(1-4) gave up four runs and 10 hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked one, but still suffered his fourth straight loss.
"In the second inning, the future didn't look too bright," Hargrove said. "Pat settled down, but we couldn't generate any offense."
The Orioles have lost six of Hentgen's seven starts and the righthander has lost four straight starts for the fourth time in his career.