Alex Wood tops players in World Series Game 4 as Dodgers even series with Astros, 2-2

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Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood is Box-Toppers Player of the Game in World Series Game 4 Saturday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 6-2 to tie the best-of-seven series, 2-2.

Wood had a no-hitter going through 5 2/3 innings before giving up his only hit, a solo home run to George Springer of the Astros. Wood was pulled after that and did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Dodgers trailed 1-0 when he exited. Wood allowed the one hit and one run through 5 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out three.

Wood had a Box-Toppers game score of +3.2, highest among Dodgers players. Cody Bellinger had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+1.0) among Dodgers batters (2-2B 2-4 2R BI). 

Opposing starter Charlie Morton of the Astros had a Box-Toppers game score of +8.1 (6.1 3H R 0BB 7K ND). Astros reliever Ken Giles, normally the team’s closer, came on in the ninth inning to try to preserve the then 1-1 tie, but ended up giving up three runs and picking up the loss. He was pulled after facing three batters and picking up no outs. Giles had a Box-Toppers game score of -9.0 (0IP 2H 3R BB 0K L).

Wood had 15.7 Box-Toppers points in the regular season, ranked 13th among all players, eighth among NL pitchers. It is his first Player of the Game in the 2017 postseason in his second appearance.

The series resumes with Game 5 Sunday in Houston.

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Top Dodgers in World Series Game 4: Dodgers 6, Astros 2

Here are the Box-Toppers game scores of all Dodgers who played in World Series Game 4 listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score:
 
10/28 BTG Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
POG 3.2 `Alex Wood - - - - 5.2 1 1 1 2 3
1.1 Brandon Morrow - - - - 1.1 0 0 0 0 0
1.0 Cody Bellinger 1B 4 2 2 1 - - - - - -
1.0 Joc Pederson DH 4 1 1 3 - - - - - -
1.0 Charlie Culberson PR - 2B 0 1 0 0 - - - - - -
1.0 Tony Watson W (1 - 0) - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
0.0 Logan Forsythe 2B - 3B 3 1 1 1 - - - - - -
-1.0 Austin Barnes C 2 0 0 1 - - - - - -
-1.0 Kenley Jansen - - - - 1.0 1 1 1 0 1
-2.0 Corey Seager SS 4 1 1 0 - - - - - -
-3.0 Chris Taylor CF 4 0 1 0 - - - - - -
-3.0 Enrique Hernández LF 4 0 1 0 - - - - - -
-3.0 Justin Turner 3B 3 0 0 0 - - - - - -
-4.0 Yasiel Puig RF 4 0 0 0 - - - - - -
BTG—Box-Toppers game score
POG—Player of the Game
` Pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.

Coming Sunday in Houston:

World Series Game 5, Dodgers at Astros, series tied, 2-2

Sunday’s starting pitchers:

Dodgers—Clayton Kershaw, 23.1 Box-Toppers points, third among all players, second among AL pitchers.

Astros—Dallas Keuchel, 9.4 Box-Toppers points, 48th among all players, 15th among AL pitchers.

It is a rematch of World Series Game 1 on Oct. 24 won by the Dodgers, 3-1, in which Kershaw earned Player of the Game, his only such honor this postseason. Kershaw (7IP 3H R 0BB 11K W) had a Box-Toppers game score of +13.0. Keuchel had a Box-Toppers game score of -3.8 (6.2IP 6H 3R BB 3K L).

Kershaw has made three other appearances in the postseason:

  • NL Division Series Game 1 on Oct. 6—Kershaw started and had a Box-Toppers game score of -2.9 (6.1IP 5H 4R 3BB 7K W) in the 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks. Player of the Game went to teammate Justin Turner with a Box-Toppers game score of +5.0.
  • NL Championship Series Game 1 on Oct. 14—Kershaw started and had a Box-Toppers game score of 0.0 (5IP 4H 2R BB 4K ND) in the 5-2 win over the Cubs. Player of the Game was Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen with a Box-Toppers game score of +5.1.
  • NLCS Game 5 on Oct. 19—Kershaw started and had a Box-Toppers game score of +5.0 (6IP 3H R BB 5K W) in the 11-1 win over the Cubs. Player of the Game was teammate Enrique Hernandez with a Box-Toppers game score of +9.0.

Keuchel has appeared three other times in the postseason and won Player of the Game honors twice:

  • ALDS Game 2 on Oct. 6—Keuchel started and earned Player of the Game in the 8-2 win over the Red Sox with a Box-Toppers game score of +4.1 (5.2IP 3H R 3BB 7K W).
  • ALCS Game 1 on Oct. 13—Keuchel started and earned Player of the Game in the 2-1 win over the Yankees with a Box-Toppers game score of +12.0 (7IP 4H 0R BB 10K W).
  • ALCS Game 5 on Oct. 18—Keuchel started in the 5-0 loss to the Yankees. He had a Box-Toppers game score of -3.8 (4.2IP 7H 4R BB 8K L). Player of the Game was Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka with a Box-Toppers game score of +11.0.

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