‘159km/h’ Moon Dong-ju, 5⅔ innings scoreless 8K pitching…’ERA 1.08′

Moon Dong-ju (20, Hanwha Eagles) defended the mound once again with a fiery fastball.

Moon Dong-ju started the regular season match against Doosan Bears in the 2023 KBO League regular season held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 18th, recording 5 2/3 innings, 2 hits, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts and no runs. With a total of 98 pitches, he recorded the most pitches and the most strikeouts this season, and although he did not reach the highest speed (160.1 km/h) of a domestic pitcher in the KBO League set up in the last appearance, he threw a fastball of 159 km/h. He went down 0-0 and didn’t record a win or loss, but lowered his earned run average to 1.08.

The sense of stability he showed in his last two games continued to this day. Of course, the opponent was not satisfied. Doosan is a team with a strong central batting line compared to Samsung Lions and KIA Tigers, which Moon Dong-ju faced this season. On this day, Kim Jae-hwan, the 4th hitter, felt uncomfortable with his knee and missed the game.

However, Moon Dong-ju did not give up a single point in this pitching. In the first inning, after a 6-pitch game against Jeong Su-bin, he started by inducing the second baseman to ground, and the follow-up hitter, Jo Su-haeng, also led the second baseman with a fastball. Then, Moon Dong-ju, who met Yang Seok-hwan, who had a hot sense of hitting, caught 2 strikes with a high fastball, and at the end of the 5-ball game, he struck out with a swing with a high-speed slider that curves outward at 143 km/h.

There were no goals, but Moon Dong-ju’s pitching on this day had somewhat more difficult hurdles than before. This is because seasoned Doosan-centered hitters are persistent. In the beginning of the second inning, he met Yang Eui-ji as the lead batter, and he was attacked with a 3-ball high speed 152 km/h fastball and allowed the first hit with a double in the middle right. Yang Eui-ji calmly watched the two balls that flew under the strike zone and then showed off his longevity by lightly hitting the high ball. 토토사이트

Moon Dong-ju had the experience of being severely burned by Doosan last year. He pitched in relief on May 26, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits (3 home runs) in 2 innings, and starting on June 9, he gave up 4 runs on 1 hit, 3 walks, 1 walk and 2 innings.

However, Dongju Moon this year was different from last year. He kept the inning with a sense of stability even after giving up on base. After being hit with a double in the second inning, he caught his breath with an infield fly ball and was hit hard by Kang Seung-ho, the follow-up hitter, but got out of danger with a fly ball to right field. The last batter, Jose Rojas, put a 152 km/h fastball in the middle of the strike zone and ended the inning with a strikeout on a swing.

He gave up one walk in the third and fourth innings. But he didn’t lose either. In the 3rd inning when lead hitter Ahn Jae-seok was given a walk, Lee Yu-chan caught a photo of a miss swing, then Su-bin Jung caught a ground ball from second baseman, and caught Jo Su-haeng again with a changeup, striking out on a miss swing. It was a high-speed changeup reaching 142 km/h.

Then, in the 4th inning, Yang Seok-hwan, the lead batter, gave up a walk after a 9-pitch game. Then, Yang Eui-ji entered a crisis situation at bat. But he didn’t get hit twice. Moon Dong-ju faced Yang Eui-ji in a game that went up to 7 pitches, threw a 153km/h fastball into a low corner, and escaped from the crisis with a double hit by a shortstop. He struck out the last batsman, Song Seung-hwan, with a fastball again.

From the 5th episode, it was a bit shaken. Moon Dong-ju, who caught the second out first, gave up a walk after a 9-pitch game with Ahn Jae-seok, and allowed Lee Yoo-chan a hit to the center field that escaped between the infielders. This was the first consecutive on-base allowed. However, he induced Jung Soo-bin to ground the second baseman for the third time that day, and completed 5 scoreless innings without making a loss.

The pitching on this day was finished in the sixth inning. In the 6th inning as well, Moon Dong-ju, who got on the mound, struck out two with only 7 pitches to the first two batters. However, he gave up a walk against Eui-ji Yang, and when the number of pitches approached 100, the Hanwha bench decided to finish the role of Dong-ju Moon. There was one runner in charge, but no run was recorded as Han Seung-joo, who came to the relief mound, blocked it.

The game is in a tense 0-0 standoff situation in the beginning of the 7th inning.

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