PHILADELPHIA -- Roy Oswalt became the first Philadelphia Phillies pitcher to play a position in the field in 39 years after Ryan Howard was ejected in the 14th inning of the 4-2, 16-inning loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Oswalt was the final out of the game, grounding out to third base with runners at first and second, in his only plate appearance of the night.
Oswalt caught a routine fly ball from Astros catcher Jason Castro, earning a loud ovation from the fans who remained. The last pitcher to play a position was Bill Wilson on Aug. 6, 1971. Oswalt was forced to go into the outfield with Philadelphia out of position players. Raul Ibanez took over at first for Howard.
Howard was tossed by third base umpire Scott Barry after being rung up on a check swing, the second one of the at-bat. He threw his bat and helmet after striking out for the fifth time, causing the ejection, then charged toward Barry, gesturing wildly.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.