Hanwha’s Moon Dong-ju pitches against LG in the first inning of a baseball game at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Wednesday. In his final appearance of the first half, Moon pitched seven and one-third innings of one-run ball to earn his sixth win of the season. Yonhap News1
‘Prince of Daejeon’ Moon Dong-ju (20) pitched seven and one-third innings of one-run ball in his last appearance of the first half to lead his team to a 2-1 victory and earn his sixth win of the season.
On the day, Moon dominated the LG bats with a fastball that topped out at 156 kilometers per hour. Moon threw only 86 pitches until the seventh inning, giving up just three hits. Moon had previously thrown a career-high eight innings against NC on March 24, allowing just two hits on 90 pitches. He was on pace to set a new personal best today.
In the eighth inning, Moon struck out the leadoff batter, Park Dong-won, but gave up a walk, a double, and a hit to the bottom of the order of Moon Bo-kyung, Park Hae-min, and Shin Min-jae, handing the mound to Kim Bum-soo with the bases loaded.
Kim Bum-soo gave up a grounder to Hong Chang-ki to load the bases with one out. He then gave up a walk to Moon Sung-joo to load the bases again, but Kim got Kim Hyun-soo to ground out to second base to put out the fire.
In what could have been the final game of the day with rain in the forecast for tomorrow, LG also tried to pull off the upset in the bottom of the ninth after reliever Go Woo-seok got out of a 1-2 jam in the top of the ninth. However, Hanwha closer Park Sang-won was able to hold the LG center field starting with No. 4 hitter Austin without allowing another run to score, preserving Moon’s win.
Moon totaled 108 pitches on the day, the most in a single game.
“I thought I was the last batter after 100 pitches, but I felt like I had a chance, so I came up. I didn’t finish, but I tried to actively fight with the hitters,” Moon said. “I’m satisfied that I threw all my pitches to see results, not to avoid them.”
LG starter Kelly, who had struggled in his last two games after giving up four or more runs in each, 토토사이트 struck out five in seven innings of work, but it was the Hanwha bats that scored two runs on three hits in the first inning that proved costly.