On the 12th, there was a big topic at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field, where KIA and Hanwha faced each other. Moon Dong-ju (20), who started for Hanwha, threw the fastest ball as a domestic player in the history of the KBO League.
The previous official record was 158.7 km by Choi Dae-seong (Lotte at the time), which came out on September 7, 2012, more than 10 years ago. At that time, Choi Dae-seong wrote the highest record ever against Jang Seong-ho in the 7th inning against Hanwha. No player has broken this record for over 10 years, but Moon Dong-ju passed 159km and entered the 160km without any problems. Moon Dong-ju threw a 160.1km four-seam fastball on the third pitch against Park Chan-ho in the first inning and caught a looking strikeout.
However, there was another player who actually took care of the truth. It was KIA starter Sean Anderson (29). Moon Dong-ju performed the trick, but it was Anderson who took the victory. He led the team to a 2-0 victory by calming the Hanwha batting line with a perfect pitch.
Anderson, who was caught on the KIA’s radar to find pitchers with pitches ahead of this season, showed signs of living up to the team’s expectations, such as being dropped as a starter for the opening game. In his first 2 games, he had 2 losses, but pitched not badly with a 3.21 earned run average. If he had scoring support, he wouldn’t have been able to stay in 2 losses.
There were not many scoring support on this day either. Until Lee Woo-sung’s 2 RBIs and timely hits in the 2nd inning, it seemed that the scoring support would be quite good, but the KIA lineup was blocked by Moon Dong-ju and could not add a single point until the 7th inning. But Anderson didn’t care. He silently did his job and stood alone against Hanwha. 안전놀이터
The fastball, which reached up to 150 km, was heavy, and the slider that fell outside the right-handed hitter was fierce, and it was relatively easy to run up to the 7th inning. He threw 93 pitches in 7 innings and led the team on the mound with an impeccable performance of 3 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts and no runs. The bullpen kept a two-point lead, and Anderson’s first win in the KBO League also went up. He also lowered his season earned run average to 2.14.