Cardinals' Oscar Taveras tops players in NLCS Game 2, Sunday, Oct. 12

Oscar Taveras hit a pinch-hit, seventh-inning homer for the Cardinals to tie the National League Championship Series Game 2 against the Giants at 3-3 and is Player of the Day for Sunday.

The Cardinals went on to win the game 5-4 on a walk-off homer by Kolten Wong in the bottom of the ninth, tying the best-of-seven game series with the Giants, 1-1.

Taveras hit the solo home run in his only at bat, going 1-for-1 with a run and an RBI, giving him a Box-Toppers game score of +2, the highest of any Cardinals player.

During the regular season he had 1.0 Box-Toppers point, ranking 719th among all players, 173rd among NL batters.

Wong, who hit the walk-off homer, had a Box-Toppers game score of 0—he went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

The series resumes Tuesday in San Francisco.

Coming Monday:

ALCS Game 3, Royals lead Orioles, 2-0

The pitching matchup Monday:

Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen, 6.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 131st among all players, 50th among AL pitchers.

Royals: Jeremy Guthrie, 7.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 113rd among all players, 40th among AL pitchers.

Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.

Top player from each game

Players of the Game (POG) listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

1012 Score Team Player of the Game AB R H BI BB K IP H R ER BB K
POG 2.0 Cardinals Oscar Taveras PH 1 1 1 1 0 0 - - - - - -