The rain saved the day once again. Moon Dong-ju and Kim Do-young will meet for the second time.
Moon was originally scheduled to start against Samsung in Daejeon on the 24th. However, the weather proved to be a problem. The game was eventually canceled due to unrelenting rain.
As a result, Hanwha’s starting rotation changed. Moon Dong-ju will be pushed back and foreign pitcher Ricardo Sanchez will start on the 25th as part of a five-day rotation.
Felix Peña will pitch on the 26th. According to Hanwha officials, Moon will start on the 27th.
Hanwha will travel to Gwangju on the 25th. This sets up a second-round matchup between Moon and Kim Do-young. The rain made it happen.
Moon Dong-ju and Kim Do-young have something in common: they are both from Gwangju. Moon went to Gwangju Promotion High School, while Kim graduated from Gwangju Dongseong High School.
Their fates as highly touted prospects were mixed: Moon was drafted by Hanwha in the 2022 first round, while Kim was drafted by KIA in the first round.
In their rookie seasons last year, the two players did not meet head-to-head. They were both sidelined with injuries.
This year, they didn’t meet quickly either. Kim suffered a metatarsal fracture in the first two games of the season.
Moon Dong-ju, on the other hand, has been in the starting rotation consistently in a third-string role. He made his first start on April 12 against the Gwangju KIA. He pitched six innings of shutout ball, but took the loss.
Time passed, and the Moon-Kim deal was finally finalized. It was the second half of the season. It was early August. On the sixth, Moon Dong-joo took the mound for Gwangju, with Kim Do-young batting third.
In the end, Moon was the winner. He pitched 5⅓ innings and allowed two runs (one earned). He faced Kim Do-young for three at-bats, going hitless and striking out one.
Although he was unable to get a hit off Moon, Kim had a “three-hit” game after Moon went down, going 1-for-4 with a double against Joo Hyun-sang in the eighth and a walk against Park Sang-won in the ninth.
On the day, Hanwha and KIA battled to a 4-4 tie after 12 extra innings.
Exactly three weeks later. The second round of the Moon-Kim War is complete. This could be Moon’s last start before the Hangzhou Asian Games.안전놀이터
Baseball fans are eager to see if Moon will pitch well on his hometown mound in his final start of the year, or if Kim Do-young will have a clean sweep.