Wall suffers stretch of bad luck despite pitching like an ace

April 3, 2021

Philip Wall

Juneau’s Philip Wall has pitched incredibly well over the last three weeks but has nothing to show for it.

Despite a tidy 1.57 ERA in his last 23 innings, the University of Northwestern-St. Paul senior right-hander has a 0-1 record with three decisions.

His lights-out efficiency would normally result in victories, but not in Wall’s case. He seems to be snake bitten this season.

The game he lost he gave up one earned run over seven innings. He had a no decision in a game that he threw five scoreless innings.

Then there was another game when he left after five innings in a 2-2 tie. Then his team exploded for 10 runs over the next three innings, allowing the guy who replaced him to cruise to a winning decision.

Like the song goes, if he didn’t have bad luck, he wouldn’t have any luck at all.

The 5-foot-10, 230-pounder is a crafty pitcher who wins by throwing strikes and relying on his defense. He doesn’t overpower batters, but he does outsmart them. Two-thirds of his outs have come on groundballs (44 of 66) during this four-game stretch.