The victory that ‘MOON’ and ‘RYU’ made together for the first time in 5766 days…The head coach and Korean Monster are full of excitement. “I think it took a long time.”

Ryu Hyun-jin (Hanwha Eagles) started the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League against the KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 6th and achieved a quality start (QS, more than six innings and less than three earned runs) by allowing five hits and one out and striking out three in six innings.

Amid Ryu Hyun-jin’s good pitching, Hanwha won 6-0 and Ryu Hyun-jin also secured his fourth victory this season.

Ryu allowed a walk and a hit to get on base in the first and second innings, respectively, but passed the game without much crisis. In the bottom of the third inning, he handled Kim Sang-soo with a grounder to the third base, Mel Rojas Jr. with a fly to the first base, and Kim Min-hyuk with a fly to the center field, creating the first three-out inning of the game.여우알바

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ryu was facing his first crisis. The first batter, Kang Baek-ho, hit a hit. After Moon was out after hitting a fly ball to the left field, Jang got a hit, and became the first and third bases. However, he struck out Hwang Jae-gyun and sent his team to the center field.

Ryu faced another crisis in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out and no runner on the ground, Kim Sang-soo made a hit to the left field line and reached the second base. However, he grounded Rojas to the third base and struck out Kim Min-hyuk. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Jang allowed a hit with two outs. However, he blocked Hwang with a grounder to the shortstop and exited the mound.

Ryu has taken the mound for the first time in 12 days since the game against the Incheon SSG Landers on April 25. He was originally scheduled to start the game against the Daegu Samsung Lions on May 31, but felt discomfort in his elbow during pre-game training and was replaced to protect the player. After returning from rest, Ryu displayed good pitching and led his team to the victory.

After the game, Ryu said, “From the situation at the time (against Samsung in Daegu), I kept feeling stiff even though I was warming up. I was able to take the mound, but I took one break to do it today. I think that led to another good result today. That’s why I rested well,” and added, “I think the time to take care of my elbow is over.”

Hanwha announced on the 2nd that it will appoint Kim Kyung-moon as the 14th coach after the game against Samsung. The three consecutive games of Suwon KT were the first series led by head coach Kim Kyung-moon.

Coach Kim Kyung-moon and Ryu Hyun-jin met each other during the national team days. They were the main players who won gold medals in all nine games at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At that time, Ryu started the final match against Cuba and became the winning pitcher. It happened on August 23, 2008. On June 6, 2024, 5,766 days later, Kim Kyung-moon and Ryu Hyun-jin wore the same uniform again and won the game.

Before the game, head coach Kim Kyung-moon said, “I’m excited to see (Ryu) Hyun-jin throw.”

“Of course, I was excited, too. I have the best memories in my lifetime with him. That’s why I think he would feel the same way as I do,” Ryu said. “When he first came, I first thought, ‘I need to concentrate’ and ‘I need to set the tone well’. That’s all I have to do.”

Regarding being together again, he said, “I think it took too long. I think it’s so nice to win the first game I threw after serving the coach.”

Bench clearing occurred in the previous day’s game on Saturday. The cause was that Park Sang-won, who took the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Hanwha Eagles leading 12-2, had a ceremony excessive after striking out. After the offense ended in the bottom of the eighth inning, Jang seemed excited. Ryu came out of the dugout and apologized. However, Hwang Jae-gyun and Jang Seong-woo failed to calm down after the game, and eventually, what could have exploded.

“After yesterday’s game, the atmosphere was heavy even though we won, but it was the same when we came out to the stadium today,” Ryu said of bench clearing. “(Park Sang-won) didn’t do it on purpose. He didn’t mean to provoke the opponent at all. He was in a bad mood at the beginning of the season, but he got better recently, so he seems to have come out without realizing it. I think he might have realized a lot after yesterday.”

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