KIA Tigers beat Hanwha Eagles after a battle of luxury pitchers and ended their two-game losing streak.
KIA won 2-0 in the match against Hanwha in the 2023 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO League held at the Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 12th.
KIA, who avenged the previous day’s defeat and ended a two-game losing streak, recorded 3 wins and 4 losses for the season.
On this day, the pitching staff of both teams played salty water, and only 8 hits were scored in the game.
KIA starter Sean Anderson pitched 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, no runs, and reported his first win after his third appearance of the season.
Jeon Sang-hyun and Jung Hae-young, who took over the mound, each recorded one scoreless inning and put the Hanwha batting line to rest.
Hanwha starter Moon Dong-ju also threw well with 3 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts and 2 runs in 6 innings.
On this day, Moon Dong-ju’s third fastball, thrown to Park Chan-ho, the second batter in the first inning, recorded 160.1 km per hour. Moon Dong-ju is the first Korean player to throw balls at 160 kilometers since 2011, when the PTS of Sports2I, an official record statistics company of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), started official counting.
However, Moon Dong-ju suffered the first loss of the season as he did not receive any help from the other line even after making a good pitch. Hanwha, who failed to win even with Moon Dong-ju, also failed to get out of the bottom of the league with a record of 2 wins and 7 losses.
KIA struck out Ryu Ji-hyeok, Park Chan-ho, and Socrates Brito in the first inning with Moon Dong-ju’s good throw. Moon Dong-ju showed a perfect pitch, giving only one out of 10 pitches thrown in one inning.
However, in the second inning, Moon Dong-ju suddenly shook, and KIA did not miss this gap and scored.
Leader Hwang Dae-in picked up a straight walk to Moon Dong-ju, and Choi Hyung-woo hit a heavy hit after a 7-ball game. Woo-hyeok Byun landed a ground ball and Ho-ryeong Kim landed a catcher fly at 1st and 2nd base, but Lee Woo-seong hit a double in the middle of the 2nd and 1st and 3rd bases, bringing all the runners home. 스포츠토토
KIA could no longer extract additional points from Moon Dong-ju. However, a ‘two-point lead’ was enough for Anderson, who made a good pitch.
From the start of the first inning, Hanwha had a chance to score after Noh Soo-gwang and Jeong Eun-won hit.
However, Noh Si-hwan was caught by Anderson with a strikeout at 1st and 2nd base safely, and the follow-up Chae Eun-seong was also caught with a double hit by shortstop and left empty-handed.
Anderson finished the inning without conceding a run by handling Jung Eun-won and Roh Si-hwan as floating balls in succession even in a crisis with one company on first and second base in the third inning.
Hanwha, who had failed to capture the KIA mound and was dragged away, got a last chance with 2 outs and 1st and 2nd base against Jung Hae-young, who made the mound in the 9th inning, but Kim In-hwan turned to shortstop’s floating ball and the game ended as it was.