Dodgers' Rich Hill tops players in NL Championship Series Game 2

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Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Game in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.

The Dodgers take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven game series.

NLCS Game 2: Dodgers 4, Cubs 1

Hill struck out eight over five innings, allowing three hits, one run and one walk. Hill did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Dodgers trailed 1-0 when he exited.

Hill had 12.7 Box-Toppers points in the regular season, 21st among all players, 12th among NL pitchers. It is the first time in two 2017 postseason appearances that Hill has earned Player of the Game honors.

Hill had a Box-Toppers game score Sunday of +7.0, highest among Dodgers players. Justin Turner, who hit a three-run, walk-off homer to win the game for the Dodgers, had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+3.0) among Dodgers batters (HR 2-4 R 4BI).

Jon Lester, who started the game for the Cubs, had a Box-Toppers game score of -3.8 (4.2IP 3H R 5BB 2K ND). Cubs pitcher John Lackey, who gave up Turner’s walk-off home run, had a Box-Toppers game score of -6.0 (0.0IP H 2R BB 0K).

The series resumes Tuesday in Chicago with Game 3.

See Box-Toppers NLCS series preview with player-by-player matchups.

A listing of all Cubs and Dodgers players active with those teams at season’s end who earned Box-Toppers points during the 2017 season can be found here.

Top player from each game

 
BTG Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
7.0 `LAD 4, CHC 1 Rich Hill - - - - 5.0 3 1 1 1 8
BTG—Box-Toppers game score
` Pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.

Coming Monday:

AL Championship Series Game 3, Astros lead Yankees, 2-0

The pitching matchup:

Astros—Charlie Morton, 7.7 Box-Toppers points, 83rd among all players, 27th among AL pitchers.

Yankees—CC Sabathia, 7.7 Box-Toppers points, 82nd among all players, 26th among AL pitchers.

Neither pitcher has earned Player of the Game honors so far in the 2017 postseason.

Morton has appeared once:

ALDS Game 4 on Oct. 9—Morton had a Box-Toppers game score of -2.9 (4.1IP 7H 2R 2BB 6K ND) in the 5-4 win over the Red Sox. George Springer was Player of the Game with a Box-Toppers game score of +1.0.

Sabathia has appeared twice:

ALDS Game 2 on Oct. 6—Sabathia had a Box-Toppers game score of -1.9 (5.1IP 3H 4R 2ER 3BB 5K ND) in the 9-8 loss to the Indians. Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin was Player of the Game with a Box-Toppers game score of +5.0.

ALDS Game 5 on Oct. 11—Sabathia had a Box-Toppers game score of +4.1 (4.1IP 5H 2R 0BB 9K ND) in the 5-2 win over the Indians. Yankees closing pitcher Aroldis Chapman was Player of the Game with a Box-Toppers game score of +5.0.

See Box-Toppers ALCS series preview with player-by-player matchups.

A listing of all Yankees and Astros players active with those teams at season’s end who earned Box-Toppers points during the 2017 season can be found here.

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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