“In my opinion, the number two right-hander in the KBO is Moon Dong-ju.”
Doosan’s homegrown ace Kwak-Bin Kwak, 24, had high praise for opposing starter Moon Dong-ju (20-Hanwha) after he pitched seven innings of two-hit ball (one homer), one walk, 10 strikeouts and one run in a win over Hanwha in Daejeon on April 1. Moon, who faced off against Kwak, took the loss after giving up two runs on five hits (one home run) in five innings with four strikeouts and no walks.
In the postgame interview, Kwak-Bin was asked about being one win shy of 10 in his debut, and suddenly brought up Moon’s name. He said, “After Kiwoom An-woo-jin, I think Moon Dong-ju is the number two right-hander in the KBO. As soon as I started the second half of the season, Dong-ju and I had the same starting rotation schedule. He’s a junior, but I think he’s a better pitcher than me, so it was fun to throw with the mindset that I’ll learn whether I win or lose.”
Despite the four-year age difference, Young-geon, a right-handed starter representing the KBO League, had a good-natured rivalry and expressed respect for his junior who had a great battle. Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop also said, “I don’t know how I feel inside, but I would have said the same thing. Humility is the best weapon. It’s good to respect your opponent. That’s the normal mindset of a professional athlete, and that’s why their performance is so good,” he said with a smile.
Eleven days later, the two pitchers faced off in a return match at the same venue. This time, Moon had the laugh. He pitched six innings of four-hit ball with one walk and five strikeouts in a 6-1 victory over Doosan in Daejeon. It was a valuable win that snapped the team’s five-game losing streak and gave him his seventh win of the season. He also lowered his ERA to 3.28, ranking 10th in the league in that category.
His counterpart, Kwak Bin, pitched just as well. He gave up a two-run homer to Noh Si-hwan in the first inning, but kept the Hanwha bats in check until the sixth inning, when he and Moon Dong-ju locked up a tight pitching battle. He gave up two runs in the seventh and was unable to close out the inning, but took the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits (one home run) with two walks and six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. In their two starts, Kwak Bin and Moon Dong-ju traded blows with a 1-1 record.
After the game, Moon Dong-joo said, “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t always feel pressure to play, but today I didn’t feel pressure to lose back-to-back games, but I thought it would be difficult because (Kwak) Bin is my older brother. I thought I had to fight as hard as I could,” and when asked about Kwak Bin’s praise after their last match, he said, “I read the article and I don’t agree. I think he should learn from him,” he laughed and waved his hand.
“After that game, I looked up a lot of videos of him pitching. There’s a reason he pitches so well. I felt like he was utilizing the strike zone well and pitching to the hitters. I don’t have that feeling yet,” he said, lowering his stance. 토토사이트
But Moon is becoming more and more of a pitcher as he goes along. In May, he had some ups and downs, including a momentary collapse due to a sudden change of pitches, but he has stabilized recently by giving up three runs or less in nine consecutive games. He’s developed a knack for hanging in there when the going gets tough.
Hanwha manager Choi Won-ho said, “The way Dong-ju throws on the mound.