Oswalt returned to learn he would play left field. Raul Ibanez moved from left field to first base, where he had not played since 2005. Oswalt had not played the outfield since he played there in slow-pitch softball tournaments growing up in Weir, Miss.
The crowd roared as Oswalt caught a routine pop fly to start the top of the 15th.
The reaction put a huge smile on his face.
"I was just kind of out of my element," Oswalt said Wednesday. "Everybody made a big deal about a fly ball. We catch 50, 60 of them a day during BP, maybe every day for 162 games. For 10 years that's a lot of fly balls."
So what would have happened had Oswalt needed to throw out a runner at the plate?
Would he have let loose?
"Oh, no doubt," Oswalt said. "Shane [Victorino] actually walked over there and said, 'If there's a high fly ball do you want me to catch it and throw it?' I said, 'No.' That's what I've been wanting to do forever is throw somebody out at the plate."
Oswalt ended up making the final out of the game, grounding out to third base. Nevertheless, it is a game Oswalt will not forget.
"I probably hadn't had that much adrenaline since the first day I got called up," Oswalt said. "I've played 10 years in the big leagues and I go to the mound every time. It's different for sure. It's a whole different feeling."