SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eric Hosmer http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/derwin-james-jersey , San Diego’s $144 million man, acknowledges he simply wasn’t as good as he needed to be in what was supposed to be a steppingstone season for the rebuilding Padres.The burst of energy provided by Hosmer’s signing during spring training didn’t last long. The Padres, who have had three waves of young talent come up since beginning their deep rebuild during the 2016 season, staggered through another dismal year, finishing last in the NL West at 66-96, five losses worse than in 2017.Hosmer’s average of .253 was down 65 points and his on-base percentage was his lowest in four seasons. His 18 homers and 65 RBIs were also his lowest in four seasons.“Not where I want to be,” said Hosmer, who was an All-Star and World Series champion while with Kansas City. “It was just a down year, definitely not the way I wanted to perform here the first year. Nothing I can do about it now. All I can do is go put in the work in the offseason and try to be ready to go next spring.“There’s no excuse for it, I just didn’t perform the way I wanted to perform. I think if I performed the way I wanted to, it translates into more wins.”It certainly wasn’t all Hosmer’s fault, considering that the Padres continued to rank at the bottom of the majors in key offensive stats.Also struggling was Wil Myers, whose $83 million, six-year extension had been the biggest contract in team history until Hosmer came along. Myers had yet another injury and struggled after being moved from the outfield to third base.And in an oh-so-Padres moment, Myers was heard criticizing manager Andy Green during a livestream of the video game Fortnite with Carlos Asuaje http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/aaron-donald-jersey , who had been optioned to Triple-A late in the season.“The Padres are doing cutoff and relays tomorrow at 3 o’clock — in September, dude.” Myers was heard saying. “Oh my God. It’s so miserable, man. It’s insane. Andy could not be any worse than he is right now.”Asuaje then said, “Dude, I’m streaming this.”Myers apologized to Green. Around that same time, he also committed three errors in a game.Other things to know in the wake of the Padres’ eighth straight losing season and 12th year out of the playoffs:TIMETABLERon Fowler, the executive chairman, had said he expected the Padres to be better this season than last, and to be .500 in 2019.“I’m not going to throw out record stuff anymore,” Fowler said. However, he heard general manager A.J. Preller say during a function for season ticketholders that gradual improvement will lead to a tipping point. “And I leaned over to him and said, ‘I’m an old guy. Let’s get to the tipping point sooner rather than later.’ He laughed. He thinks we’re closer than people think. Whether that means next year or sometime in 2020, I think we’ve got the talent.”BIG DECISIONSWith so much young talent in the farm system, particularly pitchers, the Padres have to decide who to protect on the 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft. And with the big league roster http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/todd-gurley-ii-jersey , there are decisions to make at several positions. They need to figure out if they’ll keep Myers at third, try to get him back into a crowded outfield or try to trade him, although his value is low. Outfielder Hunter Renfroe solidified his status by hitting 26 homers again and rookie Franmil Reyes hit 16 homers. Franchy Cordero is due back from elbow surgery.FREDDY GALVISThe Padres want to keep the shortstop, who is eligible for free agency but might want to move on with top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. set to come up sometime next season. Galvis was acquired from Philadelphia for prospect Enyel De Los Santos and played in all 162 games, including 157 starts at shortstop and five at second base. Viewed as a placeholder for Tatis, Galvis solidified the position and was a mentor to several young Latino players.TATIS JR.He broke his left thumb sliding headfirst for Double-A San Antonio in July and has been cleared to play winter ball. While the Padres will certainly control his service-time clock, “Everybody in our baseball front office would be shocked if he wasn’t up here somewhat early in the season,” Fowler said.WAVES OF YOUNG TALENTLeft-handed starters Joey Lucchesi and Eric Lauer, plus right-hander Jacob Nix made their big league debuts this year. Coming up late in the year were rookie second baseman Luis Urias, who showed nice flashes in the field and at the plate before injuring a hamstring. Also coming up was catcher Francisco Mejia, obtained from Cleveland for All-Star closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber. The Padres could try to find room for both Mejia and Austin Hedges, or trade one of them. CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suarez and the Cincinnati Reds closed out a nice weekend with another solid day at the plate.It was quite a response to a tough series against Cleveland.Suarez hit a two-run homer during Cincinnati’s seven-run third inning, and the Reds swept the San Francisco Giants with an 11-4 win on Sunday.Jose Peraza also hit a two-run homer for last-place Cincinnati, which outscored San Francisco 18-5 in the last two games. Billy Hamilton tripled twice and drove in three runs.The Reds also swept the Giants in Cincy last season. Nine different Reds scored at least one run, helping Cincinnati bounce back after it was swept by Cleveland.“Sometimes it is when you play a club http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/cooper-kupp-jersey ,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “We had a hot Cleveland team, then we get a Giants team that’s been struggling with the bats. We got them at the right time.”San Francisco had a chance to sweep Los Angeles before the Dodgers’ 12-inning victory on Wednesday night. The Giants then managed just six runs in the sweep by the Reds, extending their slide to four games.“It’s frustrating,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “We didn’t hit much, The offense didn’t do anything here. We were hoping for more.”Giants left-hander Andrew Suarez (4-9) was tagged for seven runs, five earned, and seven hits in a season-low 2 2/3 innings in the finale.“I got ahead,” Suarez said. “I just couldn’t put them away. I didn’t have that putaway pitch today. I thought I had good stuff. The location wasn’t there.”Giants infielder Chase d’Arnaud worked a scoreless eighth in his first career pitching appearance.Suarez’s career-best 27th homer made it 6-1 in the third. Scooter Gennett hit a two-run triple before Suarez’s drive to center.Curt Casali also had two hits and drove in two runs in Cincinnati’s big inning.“It was an awesome inning,” Casali said. “I’m sure I’ve had two hits in an inning at some point in my career, but not in the big leagues. Any time you put up a crooked number against a club like that, it’s important.”Reds right-hander Luis Castillo (7-10) struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings. He was charged with three runs, one earned, and six hits.“Everything was working for me today,” Castillo said. “I was commanding my changeup. My slider was good and I was throwing strikes. I think, like last year http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/jared-goff-jersey , I’m able to throw my pitches in any situation.”Castillo retired 13 straight batters before Stephen Duggar’s two-out single in the seventh.“You look at his velocity,” Bochy said, “I don’t know of anybody in the National League who throws harder on average, and his changeup was biting. He was on top of his game.”Peraza finished with three hits as Cincinnati closed out a 5-4 homestand. Phillip Ervin had two hits and scored a run.NEW LOOKBrandon Belt became the first first baseman to lead off for the Giants since David Bell on July 6, 2002, at Arizona. Belt went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.NEW FACEAristides Aquino made his major league debut when he ran for Gennett in the sixth inning. Aquino was recalled from Double-A Pensacola on Friday when Joey Votto was placed on the 10-day disabled list.TRIPLE HAPPYThe Reds had three triples in one game for the first time since Hamilton, Peraza and Devin Mesoraco tripled against the Dodgers on June 17, 2017. Hamilton is the first Red with two triples in one game since Jay Bruce on May 2, 2015, at Atlanta.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: OF Scott Schebler (strained AC joint in his right shoulder) is set for a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola. The Reds hope he will be ready to join them in Chicago during their weekend series with the Cubs.UP NEXTGiants: LHP Derek Holland (6-8) makes just his second career start against the Mets in Monday’s series opener in New York.Reds: Homer Bailey (1-10) is scheduled to start Monday in Milwaukee. The Reds are 1-15 in Bailey’s starts this season.