‘Chasing four wins’ Hanwha’s Moon Dong-ju pitches six innings of one-run ball against Doosan…QS for third straight game

Hanwha Eagles’ second-year right-handed fireballer Moon Dong-ju (20) walked off the mound with the win requirement against the Doosan Bears.

Moon Dong-ju started the game against Doosan in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on 7 July and allowed one run (unearned) on seven hits with five strikeouts in six innings.스포츠토토

Supported by three runs while on the mound, Moon was replaced by Kim Seo-hyun in the seventh inning with a 3-1 lead. With the win, Moon picked up her fourth win of the season (4-0).

Moon made waves early in the season with his 160.1-kilometre fastball, but his inability to complete five innings in three consecutive games since May 7 against the KT Wiz has raised concerns.

Moon made up for his poor form with a seven-inning no-hitter against the Kiwoom Heroes on the 1st, and he followed it up with another QS pitch. It was his third QS of the season.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing. In the first inning, he gave up back-to-back singles to Jeong Soo-bin and Kim Dae-hyun to put runners on first and second with no outs.

However, he extinguished the flames by striking out Yang Ji Hyun and then struck out the fourth batter, Yang Suk-hwan.

Moon then settled down and retired the side in order in the second and third innings. In the fourth inning, the crisis came.

One out later, Yang Ji and Yang Suk-hwan were hit by consecutive singles and Kim Jae-hwan walked to put runners on second and third. But He struck out Kyung-min Heo to end the threat.

In the fifth inning, Lee Yoo-chan and Jeong Soo-bin hit back-to-back singles, but the defence made a mistake on the replay and gave up a run. The run was not recorded as an own run as it was due to an error.

In the sixth inning, Moon took the mound and gave up a hit to Kim Jae-hwan two batters later, but got Heo Kyung-min to ground into an infield single.

Moon faced 24 batters on the day and threw a season-high 101 pitches.

Although he was in trouble a few times, he was able to get out of it with his timely pitches. In particular, he didn’t give up a single hit with his steady delivery and aggressive pitches.

Having done his job as a starter, Moon walked off the mound to a huge ovation from the Hanwha fans.