That's right, Kyle Farnsworth.
Sosa hit his major league-leading 54th homer, and Farnsworth pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout and complete game as the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-0 Sunday night to salvage the finale of a three-game series.
"The last two games, they pitched me real well, and I was swinging at too many pitches out of the strike zone," Sosa said. "I came into the game trying to be patient, which is part of my game."
Sosa's first career homer against Dreifort traveled an estimated 427 feet. Sosa, 7-of-13 lifetime with five RBIs against Dreifort, also singled twice and walked in four plate appearances.
Los Angeles right fielder Raul Mondesi barely moved as Sosa's homer soared over his head, and the crowd of 47,411 at Dodger Stadium cheered as if Sosa played for the home team.
"For what?" Mondesi replied when asked about not moving. "I knew it was gone. He's a strong man."
Sosa's 54th homer came in the Cubs' 129th game and kept him well ahead of his pace of last year, when he hit his 54th homer in Chicago's 137th game on his way to 66 four short of Mark McGwire's record.
Farnsworth (3-7), winning for the first time since pitching five innings in a 10-5 victory over the Dodgers on May 11, allowed a bloop single by Todd Hollandsworth with one out in the fourth and an infield hit by Mark Grudzielanek leading off the ninth.
Farnsworth retired 17 of the final 18 Los Angeles batters.
"I got a lot of ground balls," Farnsworth said. "I was changing speeds well, moving the ball in and out. Things worked out well today. They hit a bunch of balls hard, they were right at people."
"This feels great. I've been working real hard, it's finally paying off. This one's over, it's time to go on to the next one."
Farnsworth, a 47th-round draft pick of the Cubs in 1994, had made 15 big-league starts previously, all this year. In his most recent outing, he went eight innings and allowed nine hits and one run for Triple-A Iowa last Tuesday.
"It's not out of the blue," insisted Cubs pitching coach Marty DeMerritt when asked about Farnsworth's performance. "He's been leading up to this. When he first came up here (in late April), it was strictly a power game. What you're seeing now is refinement, a 23-year-old kid who's growing up real fast in the big leagues. He's top shelf."
Farnsworth, who entered the game with a 6.17 ERA, walked three and struck out two in his longest and most successful outing in the majors. Previously, he had gone seven innings twice.
"I don't know where they got that guy," Dodgers manager Davey Johnson said of Farnsworth. "He made us look bad, and everybody else has been feasting on him."
Dreifort allowed five runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings before being relieved by Pedro Borbon, who allowed Grace's sacrifice fly.
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