David Ross is Box-Toppers Player of the Game in World Series Game 7 as the Chicago Cubs win their first championship in 108 years.
The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 Wednesday in 10 innings, winning the best-of-seven-game series, 4-3.
Ross hit a sixth-inning solo home run, going 1-for-1 with a walk, and earning a Box-Toppers game score of +2.0, the highest among all Cubs players Wednesday.
During the regular season, Ross had 2.5 Box-Toppers points, 91st among National League batters and ninth among NL catchers. Ross has said he will retire after the 2016 season.
It is the first time this World Series and only the fifth time in 35 postseason games this year that a batter has earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors.
Mike Montgomery, who earned the save, had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+0.1) among Cubs pitchers (0.1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K), getting the game’s final out with two pitches in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks had a Box-Toppers game score of −1.8 (4.2IP 4H 2R BB 2K ND). Hendricks had 13.4 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, ranked 17th among all players, 10th among NL pitchers.
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, who pitched three innings of relief, had a Box-Toppers game score of 0.0 (3IP 3H 2R BB 4K ND). Lester had the highest regular season Box-Toppers point total of any player in the World Series, 22.1, ranked fourth among all players, third among NL pitchers.
Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber had a Box-Toppers game score of −10.0 (4IP 6H 4R 0BB 0K ND). Kluber had 21.2 regular season Box-Toppers points, fifth among all players, first among American League pitchers. He earned Box-ToppersPlayer of the Game honors four times during the postseason, most of any player, including twice in the World Series. Pitching on short rest for the second time in the World Series, Kluber got off to a rocky start, giving up a lead-off solo home run to Dexter Fowler.
Cubs left fielder Ben Zobrist was named World Series Most Valuable Player, though he never had a Box-Toppers game score of more than 0.0 in any of the Cubs’ four wins. Box-Toppers would have chosen pitcher Jake Arrieta as MVP; he was Box-Toppers Player of the Game in the Cubs’ Game 2 and Game 6 wins.
About Box-Toppers—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.
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Top Indians in World Series Game 7: Cubs 8, Indians 7 (10 innings)
Here are the Box-Toppers game scores of all Cubs who played in World Series Game 7 listed from highest-to-lowest Box-Toppers game score.
|2.0||* David Ross, C||1||1||1||1||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Miguel Montero, C||1||0||1||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Albert Almora Jr., PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|0.1||Mike Montgomery (S,1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||0.1||0||0||0||0||0|
|0.0||Dexter Fowler, CF||5||1||3||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|0.0||Anthony Rizzo, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|0.0||Willson Contreras, C||2||0||1||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|0.0||Chris Coghlan, PR||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-1.0||Kris Bryant, 3B||4||2||1||0||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-2.0||Kyle Schwarber, DH||5||0||3||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-2.0||Ben Zobrist, LF||5||1||1||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-2.0||Javier Baez, 2B||5||1||1||1||0||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-2.0||Addison Russell, SS||3||0||0||1||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-2.8||Carl Edwards Jr. (H,4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||0.2||1||1||1||1||1|
|-3.9||Aroldis Chapman (W,2-0; BS,3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.1||3||2||2||0||2|
|-5.0||Jason Heyward, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|* Player of the Game|
|BTG: Box-Toppers game score|
Game 7 narrative via Box-Toppers Twitter feed
Here are real-time tweets from Box-Toppers Wednesday as World Series Game 7 progressed: