Eduardo Nunez tops players in World Series Game 1, as Red Sox take a 1-0 lead over Dodgers

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Eduardo Nunez of the Red Sox is Box-Toppers Player of the Game in Tuesday’s World Series Game 1.

The Boston Red Sox win 8-4 to take a 1-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the best-of-seven game series.

Nunez hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh inning, extending the Red Sox lead to 8-4. Nunez went 1-for-3, scoring once and driving in three runs, giving him a Box-Toppers game score of +4.0, highest among Red Sox players.

Nunez had no Box-Toppers points during the regular season and this was his first Player of the Game honor of the 2018 postseason. In 2017, he had 3.0 Box-Toppers points with the Giants and Red Sox and last earned Player of the Game honors on July 29, 2017.

Andrew Benintendi had the second-highest Box-Toppers game score among Red Sox players of +3.0 (2B 4-5 3R BI).

Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale had a Box-Toppers game score of -2.0 (4IP 5H 3R 2BB 7K ND).

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw had a Box-Toppers game score of -11.0, lowest among all players Tuesday (4IP 7H 5R 3BB 5K L). Manny Machado had the only positive Box-Toppers game score (+1.0) among all Dodgers players (1-3 0R 3BI).

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 Red Sox in World Series Game 1: Red Sox 8, Dodgers 4

Here are the Box-Toppers game scores (BTG) of all Red Sox who played in World Series Game 1, listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score. Player of the Game (POG) is Eduardo Nunez, who had the highest Box-Toppers game score.

10/23 BTG Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
POG +4.0 Eduardo Nunez PH‑3B 1 1 1 3
+3.0 Andrew Benintendi LF 5 3 4 1
+3.0 Joe Kelly (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 Craig Kimbrel 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 J.D. Martinez DH 3 1 2 2
+1.0 Matt Barnes (W, 2‑0) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1
+1.0 Nathan Eovaldi 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
+0.1 Eduardo Rodriguez (H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
0.0 Rafael Devers 3B 2 0 1 1
‑1.0 Mookie Betts RF 4 2 1 0
‑1.0 Steve Pearce 1B 2 1 0 0
‑1.0 Mitch Moreland PH‑1B 1 0 0 0
‑2.0 Sandy Leon C 4 0 2 0
‑2.0 Xavier Bogaerts SS 3 0 0 1
‑2.0 Chris Sale 4.0 5 3 3 2 7
‑4.0 Ian Kinsler 2B 4 0 0 0
‑4.0 Jackie Bradley Jr. CF 4 0 0 0
‑4.8 Ryan Brasier (H, 5) 0.2 2 1 1 1 0
BTG—Box-Toppers game score
POG—Player of the Game

World Series Game 2, Red Sox lead Dodgers, 1-0

Wednesday’s starting pitchers:

Dodgers—Hyun-Jin Ryu, 10.1 Box-Toppers points, 49th among all players, 26th among NL pitchers.

Ryu has earned Player of the Game honors once in three postseason appearances this year:

  • He was Player of the Game in the NLDS Game 1 win over the Braves on Oct. 4.

  • He appeared in the NLCS Game 2 win he started on Oct. 14, with a Box-Toppers game score of -1.9 (4.1IP 6H 2R 0BB 4K ND).

  • He appeared in the NLCS Game 6 loss to the Brewers on Oct. 19, with a Box-Toppers game score of -13.0 (3IP 7H 5R 2BB 3K L).

Red Sox—David Price, 14.4 Box-Toppers points, 18th among all players, 12th among AL pitchers.

Price has earned Player of the Game honors once in three 2018 postseason appearances:

  • Price appeared in the ALDS Game 2 loss against the Yankees (1.2IP 3H 3R 2BB 0K L) on Oct. 6. He had a Box-Toppers game score of -9.8.

  • Price started in the ALCS Game 2 win over the Astros on Oct. 14, but had the lowest Box-Toppers game score among all players of -8.8 (4.2IP 5H 4R 4BB 4K ND).

  • Price was Player of the Game in the ALCS Game 5 win over the Astros on Oct. 18, with a Box-Toppers game score of +12.0 (6IP 3H 0R 0BB 9K W).

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