It took 16 innings for the Houston Astros to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies. But the biggest storyline of the game wasn’t the score, rather it was the fact that Roy Oswalt played left field for part of the contest. You can see the video of Oswalt playing in the outfield below.
The Phillies needed Oswalt to play left field after Ryan Howard was ejected by the third base umpire. Raul Ibanez then had to move from left field to first base. With no more position players on the bench, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had to do something … and he decided to put Oswalt into the game as an outfielder. Oswalt is a very good athlete (for a pitcher, at least) so the move made sense.
It didn’t take long for Oswalt to be tested in the field. After the ball was hit to him and he made a routine catch, Oswalt got a round of applause from the home crowd.
But after the Astros scored two in the top of the 16th, the crowd left upset as the Phillies are now 2.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.