“I was satisfied with inducing a ground ball.”
Moon Dong-ju, the super-promising star of the Hanwha Eagles, showed off his strong mentality as well as great performance. Moon Dong-ju started the game against KT held in Daejeon on the 7th. Moon Dong-ju allowed Hong Hyun-bin, the lead batter, to walk in the top of the first inning. He then gave up a hit to Cho Yong-ho in the infield in pitching class. He struck out Alford, but Kang Baek-ho hit a timely 1 RBI.
If it was a normal defensive position, Kang Baek-ho’s grounder hit could lead to a double hit. However, Hanwha, concerned that Kang Baek-ho would pull the ball, adjusted the defensive position to skew toward first base.
He was hit in the right leg from the first inning, and allowed a run that he did not have to give with a shift. Moon Dong-ju was not shaken in a difficult situation even for a veteran. He escaped the crisis by throwing a 126 km/h curve to Moon Sang-cheol and inducing a 5-4-3 double hit.메이저놀이터
Afterwards, Moon Dong-ju gave up one double and two walks, but kept the rest of the innings scoreless. On this day, Moon Dong-ju became the winning pitcher with 3 hits, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts and 1 run in 5 innings. His highest speed was 159.9 km/h.
After the game, Moon Dong-ju said, “I feel really good to be able to win my first appearance in May. When I was there, I was able to adjust the tempo by receiving Choi Jae-hoon’s signature,” he explained the secret to good fighting.
Regarding the situation in which Kang Baek-ho gave up a run in the first episode, “I threw it toward the body to induce a ground ball. He conceded a run as it became a hit, but he was satisfied with inducing a ground ball.” He continued, “It was regrettable that I sent hitters in front of senior Kang Baek-ho. However, because of that regret, he was able to focus more on the game,” he said resolutely.
“I induced a ground ball to hit, but it was inevitable for me to become a hit.” These are the words of Park Chan-ho, the first Korean major leaguer and a 124-winner in the MLB career. Hits are greatly influenced by external factors such as defense and luck, not the pitcher’s pure skill. Moon Dong-ju has the same insight as Park Chan-ho, despite his young age.
Meanwhile, thanks to Moon Dong-joo’s good fight, Hanwha defeated KT 2-6 and succeeded in finishing last.