Brad Peacock tops players in World Series Game 3 as Astros take a 2-1 series lead

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Astros pitcher Brad Peacock is Box-Toppers Player of the Game in World Series Game 3 Friday.

The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven game series.

Peacock came on in relief in the sixth inning and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless and hitless innings, allowing one walk, striking out four and earning the save.

Peacock had a Box-Toppers game score of +6.2, highest among Astros players.

It is the second time this postseason the Astros have used a regular starting pitcher for long relief appearances to close a game and earn a save. Previously, Lance McCullers Jr. was Player of the Game for the Astros in the team’s American League Championship Game 7 win over the Yankees, pitching a four-inning save.

Peacock had 7.4 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, all earned as a starting pitcher. He ranks 92nd among all players and 30th among AL pitchers.

Evan Gattis had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+1.0) among Astros batters (1-1 R). Astros starter McCullers (whose previous appearance was the aforementioned save) had a Box-Toppers game score of -5.9 (5.1IP 4H 3R 4BB 3K W). Dodgers starter Yu Darvish, who has earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors twice in the postseason, had a Box-Toppers game score of -13.8 (1.2IP 6H 4R BB 0K L).

The series resumes with Game 4 Saturday in Houston.

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 Astros in World Series Game 3: Astros 5, Dodgers 3

Here are the Box-Toppers game scores of all Astros who played in World Series Game 3 listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score:
 
10/27 BTG Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
POG 6.2 Brad Peacock S (1) - - - - 3.2 0 0 0 1 4
1.0 Evan Gattis DH 1 1 1 0 - - - - - -
0.0 Brian McCann C 4 0 3 1 - - - - - -
0.0 Josh Reddick RF 4 2 2 0 - - - - - -
-1.0 Yuli Gurriel 1B 5 1 2 1 - - - - - -
-1.0 Marwin González LF 4 1 1 1 - - - - - -
-2.0 Alex Bregman 3B 3 0 0 1 - - - - - -
-4.0 George Springer CF 5 0 1 0 - - - - - -
-4.0 Jose Altuve 2B 5 0 1 0 - - - - - -
-4.0 Carlos Correa SS 5 0 1 0 - - - - - -
-5.9 Lance McCullers Jr. W (1 - 0) - - - - 5.1 4 3 3 4 3
BTG—Box-Toppers game score
POG—Player of the Game

Coming Saturday in Houston:

World Series Game 4, Astros lead Dodgers in series, 2-1

Saturday’s starting pitchers:

Dodgers—Alex Wood, 15.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 13th among all players, eighth among NL pitchers.

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

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

Wood has appeared once:

  • NL Championship Series Game 4 on Oct. 18—Wood started in the 3-2 loss to the Cubs. Wood had a Box-Toppers game score of +1.2 (4.2IP 4H 3R 0BB 7K L). Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta was Player of the Game.

Morton has appeared three times:

  • AL Division Series 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.
  • ALCS Game 3 on Oct. 16—Morton started in the 8-1 loss to the Yankees. Morton had a Box-Toppers game score of -15.8 (3.2IP 6H 7R 2BB 3K L). Player of the Game was Todd Frazier of the Yankees.
  • ALCS Game 7 on Oct. 21—Morton started in the 4-0 win over the Yankees. Morton had a Box-Toppers game score of +7.0 (5IP 2H 0R BB 5K W). Player of the Game was Astros pitcher Lance McCullers, who pitched a four-inning save.

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