Dodgers’ Walker Bueher tops players in Friday's World Series Game 3 marathon; Red Sox lead series, 2-1

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Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler is Box-Toppers Player of the Game in Friday’s World Series Game 3.

The Los Angeles Dodgers win 3-2 in 18 innings, but the Boston Red Sox lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

Buehler struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks. He did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Red Sox tied the game after he exited.

This is Buehler’s second Player of the Game honor of the postseason. He was also Player of the Game in the National League Championship Series Game 7 win over the Brewers on Oct. 19 (4.2IP 6H R 0BB 7K ND). Buehler is now one of seven players to earn Player of the Game honors twice in the 2018 postseason.

Buehler had 15.1 Box-Toppers points in the regular season, 16th among all players, sixth among NL pitchers.

Buehler had a Box-Toppers game score Friday of +12.0, highest among Dodgers players.

Max Muncy, who ended the marathon game with an 18th-inning walk-off home run, had the highest Box-Toppers game score (-1.0) among Dodgers batters, even though it was a negative number (HR 2B 2-6 2R BI). No batter on either team had a positive Box-Toppers game score.

Among Red Sox players, pitcher Nathan Eovaldi had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+4.0), even though he also picked up the loss (6IP 3H 2R ER BB 5K L). Eovaldi, normally a starter, pitched long relief in extra innings. Rick Porcello, who started the game for the Red Sox, had a Box-Toppers game score of +3.2 (4.2IP 3H R BB 5K ND).

The World Series resumes Saturday with Game 4 in Los Angeles. Because Game 3 went extra innings and required the unplanned use of a lot of pitchers, starting pitchers for Game 4 had not been announced as of Saturday morning.

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 Dodgers in World Series Game 3: Dodgers 3, Red Sox 2 (18 innings)

Here are the Box-Toppers game scores (BTG) of all Red Sox who played in World Series Game 3, listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score. Player of the Game (POG) is Walker Buehler.

10/26 BTG Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
POG +12.0 `Walker Buehler 7.0 2 0 0 0 7
+5.0 Kenta Maeda 2.0 1 0 0 1 5
+2.2 Dylan Floro 1.2 1 0 0 1 3
+1.0 Kenley Jansen (BS, 1) 2.0 1 1 1 0 2
+0.1 Ryan Madson 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
0.0 Alex Wood (W, 1‑1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0
0.0 Pedro Baez 2.0 1 0 0 2 1
0.0 Julio Urias 1.0 0 0 0 1 0
0.0 Kenta Maeda P 0 0 0 0
0.0 Julio Urias P 0 0 0 0
0.0 Alex Wood P 0 0 0 0
0.0 Ryan Madson P 0 0 0 0
0.0 Scott Alexander P 0 0 0 0
0.0 Dylan Floro P 0 0 0 0
0.0 Kenley Jansen P 0 0 0 0
0.0 Pedro Baez P 0 0 0 0
‑1.0 Max Muncy 1B‑2B 6 2 2 1
‑1.0 Clayton Kershaw PH 1 0 0 0
‑1.0 Matt Kemp PH 1 0 0 0
‑1.0 Brian Dozier PH 1 0 0 0
‑2.0 Yasmani Grandal C 3 0 1 0
‑2.0 Enrique Hernandez 2B‑LF 3 0 1 0
‑2.0 Austin Barnes PR‑C 2 0 0 0
‑2.0 David Freese PH‑1B 2 0 0 0
‑2.0 Walker Buehler P 2 0 0 0
‑2.0 Scott Alexander 1.0 1 1 1 1 1
‑4.0 Joc Pederson LF 7 1 1 1
‑4.0 Chris Taylor 2B 4 0 0 0
‑5.0 Yasiel Puig RF 7 0 2 0
‑6.0 Justin Turner 3B 8 0 2 0
‑6.0 Manny Machado SS 7 0 1 0
‑6.0 Cody Bellinger CF 7 0 1 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.

World Series Game 4, Red Sox lead Dodgers, 2-1

Saturday’s starting pitchers:

World Series Game 4, Red Sox lead Dodgers, 2-1

Saturday’s starting pitchers:

Red Sox—Eduardo Rodriguez, 13.1 Box-Toppers points, 24th among all players, 16th among AL pitchers.

Rodriguez has made six postseason appearances in 2018 but has not earned Player of the Game honors. In fact, this is his first start of the postseason. The earliest he has appeared in a game this postseason is the fifth inning and the longest he has pitched is 1 2/3 innings. He did start 23 games during the regular season, only moving to the bullpen starting Sept. 13.

 Dodgers—Rich Hill, 9.7 Box-Toppers points, 53rd among all players, 27th among NL pitchers.

This is Hill’s fourth postseason appearance in 2018 and his third start. He has not earned Player of the Game honors.

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