‘Baby Eagle’ Moon Dong-joo’s spectacular rise from the doldrums

Hanwha’s 8-inning scoreless comeback against NC
Hanwha rides four-game winning streak for first time in two years, nine months

In his second year in the KBO, Hanwha’s Moon Dong-ju, 20, joined the team’s starting rotation for the first time in the 2023 season. He has captivated fans as a “fireballer” with a fastball that tops 160 kilometers per hour. He quickly became a pillar of the Hanwha starting lineup카지노.

However, Moon’s momentum slowed in May. His velocity was still there, but his delivery was a problem. That’s why he got into trouble early and often, including giving up seven runs in 2.1 innings against SSG on May 13. Nevertheless, Moon showed a strong mental attitude to keep working on his deficiencies. He eventually overcame his slump and rebounded in June, leading the team to a four-game winning streak.

Moon especially shined in the NC on April 24, when he pitched eight scoreless innings in a 7-1 victory. He struck out a career-high seven batters with a fastball that topped out at 158 kilometers per hour. Even more encouraging was that he didn’t allow a single walk while throwing 90 pitches. The offense responded by exploding for 11 hits, including a two-run homer by Kim In-hwan off Moon Dong-joo.

The win extended Hanwha’s winning streak to four games. It’s their first four-game winning streak since winning five in a row in September 2020. The driving force behind the win was a string of strong performances from the starting pitching staff, including Moon Dong-ju. During the four-game winning streak, the starting pitchers have a combined ERA of just 0.77. The four starters have combined to pitch 24 innings, allowing just three earned runs. Starting with Felix Peña’s 6.1 innings of 3 runs (2 earned) against KIA on the 21st, Han Seung-hyuk’s 4 innings of no-hit ball against KIA on the 22nd, Ricardo Sanchez’s no-hitter against NC on the 23rd, and Moon Dong-joo’s no-hitter on the 24th.

Ninth-place Hanwha (27-47) is only 3.5 games back of fifth-place Kiwoom in the middle of the pack. On their recent form, a mid-table finish seems like a pipe dream.

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