The reason why Hanwha Eagles pitcher Moon Dong-ju finished his first appearance in the second half quickly has been revealed.
Moon Dong-ju started in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Kiwoom Heroes match held at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 26th. Moon Dong-ju made his first appearance in the second half 14 days after recording his last appearance in the first half against LG (7⅓ innings, 1 run).
Moon Dong-ju recorded 6 hits (1 home run), 1 strikeout, 2 walks and 2 runs in 5 innings. He had a fastball speed of 157 km per hour, but his average velocity was 150 km, and he threw several balls in the second half of 140 km in the middle of the game. He had a final pitch count of 84 (56 strikes + 28 balls), which was on the low side.
Before the game on the 27th, the next day, Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho said of Moon Dong-ju pitching the day before, “This (Gocheok Dome) is the only one among the nine stadiums that does not have a double plate. Losing. Yesterday, Dong-ju was also slippery when he threw the first inning and his upper body leaned, so the head coach told him to throw it lightly even if he reduced his velocity a little.”
“It’s very different that the plate is double or not. When I try to move by lifting my leg, it slips. So the arm came out late and the balance was strange. Kiwoom players and experienced players are a little better, but players without Gocheok Dome experience are surprised when they go up. They said they were surprised,” he added.스포츠토토
An official from Kiwoom explained, “It is true that only the Gocheok Dome mound is not a double plate. In the past, the soil was not good, so we used a double plate like Japan or Taiwan, but Gocheok Dome was built using a major league plate.”
Moon Dong-ju pitched in two relief games at the Gocheok Dome last year and pitched two innings. This year, the 26th was the first appearance at the Gocheok Dome. It is the first time he has pitched many innings at Gocheok Dome, and he seems to have needed time to adjust as he started in two weeks. Moon Dong-ju is scheduled to go out without a hitch on the next pitching schedule.