Why ‘Wedge 2 Run For’ protagonist Moon Sung-joo couldn’t smile after his team’s win

LG Twins outfielder Moon Sung-joo played a key role as a table-setter alongside Hong Chang-ki to lead the team to victory.

LG snapped a two-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Samsung Lions in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on Saturday. With the win, the team extended its lead over second-place SSG Landers to 4.5 games.

Starting at second base and in left field, Moon Sung-ju went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs, combining with leadoff hitter Hong Chang-ki for five hits and three RBIs.

Moon sealed the victory in the top of the eighth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, when he took a Kim Tae-hoon’s first pitch over the right field fence for a two-run arch. With the bullpen giving up runs in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings, LG wasn’t sure if they would have held on to the lead if not for Moon’s home run.

The defense was also steady. In the bottom of the first inning, Moon Sung-joo made a sliding catch on a hit by Kim Sung-yoon to prevent a run from scoring. It was a big play for starter Im Chan-kyu.

After the game, Moon breathed a sigh of relief, saying, “I’m glad I got a hit and a home run,” and then added, “I was expecting the ball to fall that way, so I was able to get a quick start. Looking back, I think I was lucky.”

However, Moon also reflected on a moment when he got greedy. In the top of the fifth inning, with the score tied 1-1, he hit a grounder to first base with runners on first and third, and Shin Min-jae was tagged out at home. Kim Hyun-soo’s infield fly and Austin’s walk loaded the bases, and Oh Ji-hwan’s RBI single brought home Hong Chang-ki from third and Moon Sung-joo from second.메이저사이트

“I think I made contact thinking that if the ball hit the bat somehow, I would score a run,” said Moon, who scored thanks to Oh’s hit. “I thought I would just keep the ball inside, and that led to a bad outcome.”

Still, Moon is hitting .307 with 97 hits in 316 at-bats in 89 games, with two home runs, 34 RBIs, 17 doubles and a .778 OPS. Fans, teammates, and the coaching staff still believe that Moon will continue to be consistent. “I’m grateful to the fans for coming to Daegu, and I’ll do my best to continue to show my good form. I hope you will support me a lot,” he vowed.