Padres fall to Cubs 6-0 to begin three-game series

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It was a cold and chilly night in north Chicago as the temperature sat around 39 degrees for a majority of the contest.

The first-pitch temperature was the third coldest in Wrigley Park history and the coldest game in San Diego Padres history, according to Don Orsillo on the Bally Sports Broadcast.

Orsillo also stated on the broadcast that tonight’s game might have been the coldest he’s ever called. It certainly didn’t benefit the Padres at all, as their bats were silenced the entire game.

Fernando Tatis Jr. led off tonight’s action to a sea of boos from the Cubs’ fanbase. Tatis heard it from the Arizona Diamondbacks crowd, but it did not compare to the passionate fans in Chicago. He shrugged it off as he will have no other choice but to do and smashed a single to begin the game.

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Blake Snell started Tuesday’s action by striking out four batters through three innings. Outside of the two-run home run by Yan Gomes, Snell pitched pretty well. He ended the night going 5.0 innings striking out five hitters but did walk five as well.

The Padres’ bats weren’t alive Tuesday night. However, the defense certainly was. Xander Bogaerts (who extended his on-base streak to 27 games and 25 to begin his Padres’ tenure) saved a hit with his exceptional defense.

Justin Steele continues to shine this season as he put up another strong start. He finished 5.1 innings, striking out five Padres hitters and allowed only three hits. Steele has been a pleasant surprise for the Cubs to start the 2023 campaign.

The Cubs’ bullpen dominated the rest of the game, allowing just two hits. The Padres lineup did not make the adjustment from Arizona’s heat to the chilly weather of the Windy City.

“We were 0-8 with runners in scoring position,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We left 10 on so in a game like that when it’s 2-0 basically the entire way … it’s lack of big hits.”

Melvin and the Padres look to bounce back for Game 2 Wednesday night with Michael Wacha on the bump.

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