Shades of Roy Oswalt: Shelby Miller plays left field for the Diamondbacks
Update (9:36 PM EST): Miller struck out looking to end the game, a 12-10 13-inning win for the Pirates.
Roy Oswalt famously played left field for the Phillies on August 24, 2010 in the 15th inning of an eventual 16-inning 4-2 loss. First baseman Ryan Howard was ejected arguing a check-swing call, forcing left fielder Raul Ibanez to move to first base, and the Phillies -- with a depleted bench -- sent Oswalt out to left field. Oswalt made the final out of the loss, grounding out to third base.
Left fielder Nick Ahmed was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the 12th inning. Channeling his inner Oswalt, Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller went out to left field after pinch-running for pinch-hitter Zack Greinke in the bottom of the 12th during Sunday’s game against the Pirates. That sentence just looks weird, doesn’t it? Greinke had singled and Miller wound up scoring, allowing the D-Backs to re-tie the game at 10-10.
Miller was promptly tested in the field. Josh Harrison led off the top of the 13th with a double to right field, and Sean Rodriguez followed up with a double of his own to left field.
Left fielder Shelby Miller played that double off the wall well, and nearly threw out Sean Rodriguez at second.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) April 25, 2016
Shelby Miller looks smoother in LF than Yasmany Tomas— Brian Cartwright (@blcartwright) April 25, 2016
Pirates pitcher Jonathon Niese then pinch-hit and drove a single to Miller in left, but it was also not a preventable hit.
There will certainly be video of Miller’s adventure in left field, so we’ll add it when it’s available. (Update: Here’s the Rodriguez double.)