The 159 km light speed ball was not a prerequisite for victory… Moon Dong-ju, 4 innings fight was tough

Hanwha Eagles right-handed pitcher Moon Dong-ju could not throw a long inning.

Moon Dong-ju recorded 4 innings, 6 hits, 6 strikeouts, 2 walks and 2 runs in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Kiwoom Heroes game held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 18th. Moon Dong-ju failed for the third time in his 4-win challenge for the season. The team used seven bullpens, but lost 5-6 after overtime in the 11th inning.메이저사이트

Moon Dong-ju, who suffered his 5th loss of the season by recording 6 runs in 2⅔innings against Lotte on the 13th, the previous pitch, had the task of throwing long innings that day. There was also a lot of team bullpen consumption in the 5 games a week. Moon Dong-ju, who did not start 2 times a week from Tuesday to Sunday, was interested in what kind of pitch he would show because this day was the first day after a 4-day break after his debut.

Before the game, Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho said, “Moon Dong-ju took a break for the first 4 days, but since the number of pitches on the 13th was 79, I don’t think there will be a problem.”

As a result, there were not many runs, but it failed to digest long innings. On this day, while dealing with 20 batters, Moon Dong-ju had 11 players with 5 pitches or more. In particular, in the first inning, Kim Hye-seong got 2 strikes first, but he threw 4 balls in a row and allowed a walk.

It wasn’t that the power was off. The best fastball on this day was 159 km/h, but the last ball thrown after two outs in the 4th inning, the ball that Kim Hui-jip was grounded by second baseman, was 159 km. The number of pitches was a problem. Starting with 31 pitches in the first inning, Moon Dong-ju threw 23 pitches in the second inning, 16 pitches in the third inning, and 24 pitches in the fourth inning, throwing a whopping 94 pitches up to the fourth inning. He had 60 strikes and 34 balls. Moon Dong-ju was eventually replaced by Lee Tae-yang in the top of the 5th inning when the score was 0-2.

In the match against Kiwoom on the 1st, where he threw the first 7 innings of his debut, 17 out of 24 batters had a game within 5 pitches, and 13 batters had a game within 3 pitches. He showed the boldness of throwing 15 consecutive strikes against 7 batters from the first batter to the lead batter in the third inning. However, when he met his second Kiwoom, he had a hard time controlling himself rather than pitching an aggressive fighting cock.

▲ Moon Dong-ju ⓒHanwha Eagles

In the top of the first inning, Moon Dong-joo turned lead hitter Kim Jun-wan into a looking strikeout after an 11-pitch fight. Moon Dong-ju, who sent Kim Hye-seong out for a walk after two outs, was hit by a left-field double from Lee Hyung-jong, and was driven to second and third base, but Lee Won-seok struck out on a swing.

In the top of the second inning, Moon Dong-ju made it 1 out 2 with a hit by lead hitter Song Seong-moon and a sacrifice bunt by Lee Ji-young, then Lim Byeong-wook hit a RBI double in the left field. He then gave up 1 RBI and a timely hit to Ye Jin-Won, who fell in the middle left, allowing 2 runs.

In the beginning of the 3rd inning, Lee Hyung-jong, Lee Won-seok, and Song Seong-moon were struck out three times in a row, showing their strength. Moon Dong-ju gave Lim Byeong-wook a walk after one out in the top of the 4th inning and got the runner on base again. When Kim Joon-wan hit the infield, the second baseman made an error and went 2 out, 1st and 3rd base, but Kim Hui-jip was grounded by second baseman.

Not only was his fastball maximum speed 159 km, but his slider reached 147 km, more than 10 km higher than the average pitcher in the league. The highest velocity of the changeup was 145 km. The fast ball drew cheers from the fans, but he could not guarantee a good pitch with only the fast ball. It was a mound that Moon Dong-ju himself would have realized a lot by watching Kiwoom hitters’ persistent attack.

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