ATLANTA -- Best known for his big bat, Kyle Schwarber made the highlight reels for a tumbling catch on Monday night.
The Cubs catcher-turned-outfielder made a running catch in foul territory, diving and finding himself upside down in the stands at SunTrust Park in the sixth inning of Monday's 4-3 win over the Braves.
Schwarber dashed into foul ground to chase a pop fly off the bat of Freddie Freeman. He covered 106 feet, according to Statcast™, before securing the catch at the very edge of the playing surface. His momentum then carried him toward the seats, and Schwarber plowed into the low wall and tumbled into the seating area. The catch ended the Braves' threat in the sixth and preserved a 2-1 lead at the time.
Schwarber, who came up as a catcher, has played 63 games in left field this season.
He got some props from his teammates, especially starter Jonathan Lester, who was on the mound at the time. Lester credited Schwarber with his ability to stay with the play and never give up.
"Honestly when [Freeman] hit it, I thought it was way into the stands," Lester said. "Schwarber stayed with it, especially playing in a new area for the first time. You don't know where the wall is or how many steps. To me, that is the most impressive part. It is a field that he hasn't been on before and he was able to stay with the ball and get a huge out."