Hanwha Eagles right-hander Moon Dong-ju (20) became the first Korean player to throw a fastball over 160 km, but became a losing pitcher in silence from the other line.
Hanwha lost 0-2 in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League KIA held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 12th.
Hanwha, who failed to follow the victorious spirit of the previous day, remained at the bottom with 2 wins and 7 losses, along with Samsung Lions. On the other hand, KIA recorded 3 wins and 4 losses and laid the foundation for a mid-level jump.
Hanwha’s starting pitcher Moon Dong-ju recorded 3 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts and 2 runs in 6 innings, but was unable to receive help from the other line and recorded his first loss of the season.
From the first inning, Moon Dong-ju showed off a powerful pitch by striking out three batters in a row.
In particular, against the second batter, Park Chan-ho, he recorded a 160.1km restraint on the third pitch. This record is the speed measured by the ‘Pitch Tracking System’ (PTS) operated by ‘Sports to I’, the KBO’s official record statistics company.
Moon Dong-ju is the first Korean player to throw a fast ball in the 160 km range in the KBO League.
Previously, on September 7, 2012, Choi Dae-seong of the Lotte Giants threw 158.7 km against Jang Seong-ho of the Hanwha Eagles, the highest speed.
Among active players, Kiwoom Heroes’ An Woo-jin recorded 158.4km against SSG Landers’ Kim Seong-hyun on September 30 last year, the highest record.
Among foreign players, Redames Leeds and Fabio Castillo (then Hanwha), who were members of the LG Twins in the past, spread the ball over 160km.
However, Moon Dong-ju could not overcome the crisis in the second episode.
In the second inning, Hwang Dae-in, the lead batter, walked, and Choi Hyung-woo got a hit. Afterwards, he dealt with Byun Woo-hyuk and Kim Ho-ryeong, but Lee Woo-sung hit 2 RBIs and doubles.
Moon Dong-joo regained stability with the 4th and 5th consecutive triplets. In the 6th inning, he got lead hitter Park Chan-ho on base due to an error by the shortstop, but got out of danger by taking consecutive hits on Socrates, Hwang Dae-in and Choi Hyung-woo. 메이저놀이터
Moon Dong-ju, who threw 92 balls in 6 innings, came down the mound at the end of the 6th inning. Afterwards, Han Seung-hyeok (⅔ innings) and Kim Ki-joong (1⅓ innings) blocked it with no runs, but the batting line did not burst.
Hanwha was blocked by starter Sean Anderson without allowing a run until the 7th inning, and then lost to Sang-Hyun Jeon in the 8th and Hae-Young Jung in the 9th.
KIA Anderson reported his first win of the season in his third appearance with 3 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts and no runs in 7 innings.