Kyle Schwarber didn’t blow his first shot in left, or fall asleep
Cubs rookie catcher Kyle Schwarber got his first start in left field Wednesday, but pitcher Jon Lester was so dominating in striking out 14 batters in eight innings that Schwarber was left mostly standing around.
Finally in the eighth inning with two outs, he got his first attempt, a rather routine fly. There was a man on second, so if he flubbed it there would be consequences in what turned out to be a 3-2 Cubs win.
Afterward Schwarber said, "Just a catch," to reporters just as calmly as he put away the third out of the inning. The catcher made the catch securely with two hands.
"I didn’t want it to squirt out with a one-handed catch," Schwarber said.
Batting .357, Schwarber is making it hard for manager Joe Maddon to take him out of the lineup. Maddon will be faced with a choice soon as catcher Miguel Montero could be ready to play as soon as this weekend at Milwaukee. Schwarber has said if playing the outfield will keep him in the lineup then he’s all for it.
(h/t Chicago Tribune)