Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, pitching a no-hitter, is Wednesday’s Player of the Day and rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings.
Kershaw struck out 15 over nine innings, allowing no runs, hits or walks in the 8-0 win over the Rockies. The Rockies only baserunner reached on an error. This was Kershaw’s first no-hitter and the second thrown this season—the other by Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett on May 25.
Kershaw receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.7 for the season. He rises from eighth to third place in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season (see the updated top 10 list on the home page). He is now in second place in Box-Toppers points among National League pitchers, behind Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals (12.0).
Kershaw led all players in Box-Toppers points in 2013 with 21.7.
Red Sox pitcher John Lackey is American League Player of the Day. Lackey pitched nine shutout innings and struck out nine in the 2-1, 10-inning win over the Twins. Lackey, however, did not pick up the win because he left with the game tied 0-0 after nine innings.
Brian McCann of the Yankees is AL Batter of the Day. McCann homered, tripled and drove in five runs in the 7-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Marlon Byrd of the Phillies is NL Batter of the Day. Byrd homered, went 3-for-5, scored twice and drove in three runs in the 10-5 win over the Braves.
Kershaw receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Lackey receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. McCann and Byrd each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.
All of Wednesday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) receive 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
Box-Toppers watches the daily performances of selected star players and Box-Toppers points leaders. To see how they performed Wednesday, click here.
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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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
Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score
|MLB||24.0||Dodgers||Clayton Kershaw (W, 7-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||0||0||0||0||15|
|AL||14.0||`Red Sox||John Lackey||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||3||0||0||1||9|
|10.0||Cubs||Jake Arrieta (W, 3-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||1||1||1||11|
|8.2||Royals||Jeremy Guthrie (W, 4-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.2||4||1||1||1||9|
|BAT||5.0||Yankees||Brian McCann C||3||1||2||5||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||Padres||Kevin Gausman (W, 3-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||5||0||0||1||5|
|4.1||Dbacks||Brad Ziegler (W, 3-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.1||0||0||0||0||3|
|BAT||3.0||Phillies||Marlon Byrd RF||5||2||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||White Sox||Adamn Dunn DH||3||2||1||3||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Mets||Bartolo Colon (W, 7-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||4||1||1||0||1|
|3.0||Padres||Joaquin Benoit (W, 3-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|3.0||Athletics||Sean Doolittle (S, 9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||Reds||Skip Schumaker LF||4||1||2||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Nationals||Rafael Soriano (S, 15)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||2|
` Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.