Moon Dong-joo was replaced in the fifth inning after allowing six hits and one walk in four innings in Game 2 of the weekday series against the Lotte Giants at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 6th.
June was hot. He started in six games 꽁머니 and played 33⅔ innings, recording 3 wins, 1 loss, and a 2.14 ERA.
He pitched seven scoreless innings against the Kiwoom Heroes, his first appearance in June, and one run (0 earned run) in six innings against the Doosan Bears. However, he was sluggish with six runs in two or three innings against Lotte.
After scoring two runs in four innings in a reunion with Kiwoom on the 18th, he pitched eight scoreless innings against the NC Dinos on the 24th and six scoreless innings against the Samsung Lions on the 30th.
However, Lotte, who met again, struggled with 89 pitches in four innings.
In the first inning, Yoon Dong-hee and Ko Seung-min struck out consecutively, and Ahn Chi-hong gave up his first hit in the second inning, but he easily blocked it. It was good until he struck out Han Dong-hee and Kim Min-seok again in the third inning.
After two outs, Hwang Sung-bin gave up a walk and was suddenly shaken. Yoon Dong-hee and Ko Seung-min were defeated 1-2 by allowing one RBI double in a row. Rex’s at-bat also had a wild pitch, but there were no additional runs.
Hanwha caught up 2-2 with Noh Si-hwan’s tie-breaking solo shot. For Noh Si-hwan, it was a new record for the most home runs in a single season (18 in 2021), and a shot that tied for the lead in home runs with Choi Jung (SSG Landers).
However, Moon Dong-joo immediately hit a home run by An Chi-hong and allowed the lead again. Since then, he has faced a crisis with two outs and runners on first and second base due to consecutive hits by Yoo Kang-nam, but fortunately, he was replaced by Lee Tae-yang after cutting off a follow-up hit. His ERA rose to 3.69. His strong fastball up to 157km and five strikeouts were comforting.