PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 1, 2013) – Rutgers baseball alums Todd Frazier and David DeJesus will both take part in the Major League Baseball Playoffs this week, playing in winner-take-all wild card games. Frazier and the Cincinnati Reds will travel to face the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, while DeJesus and the Tampa Bay Rays will face the Cleveland Indians on the road Wednesday.
Both games will start at 8:07 p.m. on TBS with the winners advancing to the Division Series.
Frazier will be making his second career postseason appearance after seeing time in four games last year in the playoffs. Playing in 150 games this season as the regular third baseman for the Reds, he recorded 19 home runs and 73 RBIs. Frazier connected for two long balls off Pirates’ starting pitcher Francisco Liriano in nine at bats this year. The Toms River, N.J., native still owns the RU career record with 42 home runs from 2005-07.
After 5,326 plate appearances, 1,277 games and 11 regular seasons, DeJesus will make his postseason debut in the Major Leagues. He came through with a two-out RBI double to help the Rays defeat the Texas Rangers in a tiebreaker game Monday, being acquired by Tampa in August. The outfielder is batting .251 for the season between the Cubs, Nationals and Rays. DeJesus played at RU from 1998-2000 and is second in program history with 203 runs scored.
AMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES
Game 1: Boston 12, Tampa Bay 2 | Box Score
Game 2: Boston 7, Tampa Bay 4 | Box Score
Game 3: Tampa Bay 5, Boston 4 | Box Score
Game 4: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1 | Box Score
DeJesus went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the Rays' game three victory, reaching base at a .455 clip for the series.
AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD CARD
Tampa Bay 4, Cleveland 0 | Box Score
DeJesus started in left field as the leadoff hitter for the Rays in the one-game wild card playoff win. In five plate appearances, he reached on a hit by pitch. DeJesus had played in 1,277 regular season games before making his postseason debut in the Rays. Next, Tampa Bay will take on Boston in a best-of-five Division Series.
NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD CARD
Pittsburgh 6, Cincinnati 2 | Box Score
Fraizer went 1-for-4 with a double in the Reds' season-ending loss, missing a three-run home run foul by a few feet. The third baseman made a couple nice plays in the field, highlighted by this diving catch into the camera well in the second innning.