BY: Zane Miller
Photo Credit: Jamie Sabau/AP
The Reds lost in their series finale against the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Sunday afternoon, giving the Padres took the series victory as the Reds were unable to come up with a series win in their west coast road trip.
The game started out strong for the Reds, as third baseman Eugenio Suarez hit a solo home run in the second inning and second baseman Scooter Gennett got an RBI single in the fifth while keeping the Padres off the board, until the bottom of the fifth which saw them get a grand slam off the bat of pinch hitter Hunter Renfroe, followed by an RBI single in the sixth inning by catcher Raffy Lopez. The Reds looked to make a comeback in the eighth as Gennett got a solo home run of his own, but the Padres would counter in the bottom of the inning as third baseman Cory Spangenberg also hit a solo homer as the Padres went on to win 6-3.
“(I’m) very dissatisfied,'' Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “Very happy with the intensity and effort we get from our guys every day, but 3-6 (on the road trip) is not acceptable. But that's what we did, so we have to accept it and move on.”
Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross earned the win, going five innings while allowing two earned runs, seven hits and two walks. Reds starter Luis Castillo had a strong start until the fifth inning grand slam, as he gave up four earned runs, six hits and a walk in four and two-thirds innings pitched. Padres reliever Kirby Yates earned the save.
The Reds will have an off day on Monday before facing the Colorado Rockies.