SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds hardly expected to get swept in three games by the lowly San Diego Padres.
On Wednesday, not even big league ERA leader Johnny Cueto could keep them from losing 3-0. Tyson Ross threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout and Rene Rivera hit a three-run single off Cueto. It was San Diego's first sweep since September.
The three losses came after the Reds won six of seven to open the trip, including a four-game sweep at NL West-leading San Francisco.
"It's a big loss because you hope to win two out of three, at least," said Todd Frazier, who had two singles off Ross. "We set our goals high. Basically, the offense wasn't there. That's not us and we know it. You take four from San Francisco and you come back here, hoping to go 8-2, 9-1, and then this happens. You tip your caps to them, they had great pitching. But overall, we know we are a better hitting team."
The Padres, who tied their season high with their fourth straight win, hadn't swept a series since Sept. 6-8 against Colorado.
"You can imagine," manager Bryan Price said of the team's frustration. "Anybody who is a fan of the Reds is going to be more than simply disappointed in this series. It was a missed opportunity. You have to be resilient in the baseball season. But it hurts, it hurts quite a bit to have this type of opportunity to come in and not to just be able to take a game or two in the series is frustrating."
Ross (7-8) was dominating in throwing his first complete game in 55 career starts. He struck out nine and walked none. The lanky right-hander retired the first 11 batters before Todd Frazier singled. Frazier had two of the Reds' three hits.