Mike Leake (2-5) will get the ball for the Reds on Friday, having earned a no-decision in each of his last four starts. During that stretch, the righty has compiled a 3.42 ERA and thrown at least seven innings three times. His last win came on June 1 in Houston, when he allowed one run in seven innings of work. The mound, however, is not the only area where Leake contributes for Cincinnati. The pitcher hits like few others in baseball. He is batting .333 (8-for-24) with three runs, a double and an RBI in the batter's box this season. Wade Miley of Arizona and the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg are the only two pitchers to post higher averages over a comparable number of at-bats. Giants: Cabrera continuing to produce
After shutting out opponents in four consecutive games, San Francisco vaulted itself to sole possession of first place in the NL West. The Giants have received a big boost from three-hole hitter Melky Cabrera, whose .355 average is the third highest in baseball. Against the Reds on Thursday, Cabrera went 2-for-2 with a run and two walks. In his only career career plate appearance against Leake, Cabrera recorded a single. Worth noting
In April, Cincinnati won two of three games against the Giants at home. Cain was the losing pitcher in a 9-2 Reds victory on April 24. San Francisco owns a 15-7 record against the NL Central this season. Facing the NL West, the Reds are 4-3. They haven't yet played Los Angeles, Arizona or San Diego.