A late sub at first base after Yuli Gurriel got hurt — and playing in the field for the first time since Oct. 5 — Mancini stopped a grounder by Schwarber going nearly 100 mph.
“Before the game, if you told me I contribute in a big way tonight, I thought it would come with my bat, not my glove,” Mancini said. “I’m much more known for my bat than my glove I’d say.
“Just really happy to contribute. That was a huge win,” he said.
Acquired from Baltimore in August, the slugger hit only .176 for his new team, and was 0 for 18 in his first postseason.
But when the ball came his way in a hurry, he snagged it. Schwarber, meanwhile, slammed his helmet to the ground.
“Trey, I can’t say enough about what he’s done,” winning pitcher Justin Verlander said. “Obviously, he would like to contribute more offensively.
“He said it himself: He said he’s not necessarily always known for his defensive play, but to come through with that play tonight. I mean, Schwarber hit that — it seems like every ball he hits in play is 110 miles an hour-plus. So for Trey to make that play, Trey and Chas both, just huge contributors to tonight.”
The result: The same week Astros rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña and outfielder Kyle Tucker won Gold Gloves, two sterling plays by a pair of other defenders put Houston one victory from the championship.
Earlier in the game, Peña made a leaping catch to blunt a potential rally.
“You’ve got to give them credit,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “We just didn’t get many hits with runners in scoring position and we had a lot of opportunities.”
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