First pitch: Seeking rare series win over LA

Andy Green will helm the Padres through at least 2021 season, as the Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee broke this morning. We’ll have player reaction a bit later.
For now, the Padres are a win away from handing the Dodgers their first series loss since June 5-7, at Dodger Stadium, against the Nationals.
Some brief notes before we get on to the lineups and the pitching matchup:
  • The Dodgers are 26-5 since July 4 – they’ve lost three games to the Braves, one to the Diamondbacks and Friday’s game to the Padres. Los Angeles is 29-19 against the NL West and 8-3 against the Padres.
  • The Dodgers have not lost a season series to San Diego since going 9-10 against the Padres in 2010, the Padres’ last winning season.
  • The Dodgers have won 46 of 55 since June 7, which is the best 55-game stretch in franchise history and the best in the majors since the 1912 New York Giants went 47-8 from April 26-July 3.
  • The Dodgers have won 26 of their last 30 at Dodger Stadium and have the majors’ best home record (47-14, .770).