Steve Pearce tops players in Saturday's World Series Game 4 as Red Sox take a 3-1 series lead over Dodgers

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Steve Pearce of the Red Sox is Box-Toppers Player of the Game in Saturday’s World Series Game 4.

The Boston Red Sox win 9-6 to take a 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the best-of-seven game series.

Pearce homered, doubled and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs. It is his first Player of the Game honor of the 2018 postseason.

Pearce had 3.0 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, 320th among all players and 73rd among American League batters.

Pearce had a Box-Toppers game score Saturday of +4.0, the same as teammate Mitch Moreland (HR 1-1 R 3BI). But Pearce ranked higher on a tiebreaker, because he had more at bats.

Joe Kelly had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+2.0) among Red Sox pitchers (2IP 3H 0R 0BB 3K W). Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez had a Box-Toppers game score of -2.8 (5.2IP 4H 4R 2BB 6K ND). Closing pitcher Craig Kimbrel had the lowest Box-Toppers game score (-6.0) among all Red Sox players (1IP 2H 2R BB 0K ND).

Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill had the highest Box-Toppers game score among all players in Saturday’s Game 4 of +7.1 (6.1IP H R 3BB 7K ND). Enrique Hernandez had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+2.0) among Dodgers batters in the losing effort (HR 1-2 R 2BI).

The World Series resumes Sunday with Game 5 in Los Angeles.

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 4: Red Sox 9, Dodgers 6

Here are the Box-Toppers game scores (BTG) of all Red Sox who played in World Series Game 4, listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score. Player of the Game (POG) is Steve Pearce.

10/27 BTG Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
POG +4.0 Steve Pearce 1B 4 2 2 4
+4.0 Mitch Moreland PH 1 1 1 3
+2.0 Rafael Devers PH‑3B 1 1 1 1
+2.0 Joe Kelly (W, 2‑1) 2.0 3 0 0 0 3
+1.0 Brock Holt 2B 2 2 1 0
+0.1 Matt Barnes 0.1 0 0 0 1 1
0.0 Craig Kimbrel P 0 0 0 0
0.0 Sandy Leon C 0 0 0 0
0.0 Matt Barnes P 0 0 0 0
0.0 Joe Kelly P 0 0 0 0
‑1.0 Xavier Bogaerts SS 4 1 1 1
‑1.0 Christian Vazquez C 2 0 1 0
‑1.0 Jackie Bradley PH 1 0 0 0
‑1.0 Eduardo Rodriguez P 1 0 0 0
‑1.0 Blake Swihart PH‑C 1 0 0 0
‑2.8 Eduardo Rodriguez 5.2 4 4 4 2 6
‑3.0 Andrew Benintendi LF 5 1 1 0
‑3.0 Mookie Betts CF 4 1 0 0
‑4.0 J.D. Martinez RF 4 0 0 0
‑5.0 Eduardo Nunez 3B 5 0 0 0
‑6.0 Craig Kimbrel 1.0 2 2 2 1 0
BTG—Box-Toppers game score
POG—Player of the Game

World Series Game 5, Red Sox lead Dodgers, 3-1

Sunday’s starting pitchers:

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 twice in five 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).

  • Price was Player of the Game in the World Series Game 2 win over the Dodgers on Oct. 24, with a Box-Toppers game score of +1.0 (6IP 3H 2R 3BB 5K W).

  • Price pitched 2/3 innings of relief in the World Series Game 3 loss to the Dodgers on Oct. 26.

Dodgers—Clayton Kershaw, 8.0 Box-Toppers points, 73rd among all players, 34th among NL pitchers.

Kershaw has appeared five times previously this postseason, earning Player of the Game honors twice:

  • He was Player of the Game in the NLDS Game 2 win over the Braves on Oct. 5.

  • He appeared in the NLCS Game 1 loss to the Brewers and had the game’s lowest Box-Toppers game score of -12.0 (3IP 6H 5R 4ER 2BB 2K L).

  • He was Player of the Game in the NLCS Game 5 win over the Brewers on Oct. 17.

  • He appeared in the NLCS Game 7 win over the Brewers on Oct. 20, closing the game.

  • He started in the World Series Game 1 loss to the Red Sox on Oct. 23.

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