The Reds (42-34) entered Friday's tilt against the Giants (44-34) at AT&T Park badly in need of a win. The club was coming of a stretch of seven losses in 10 games which included being shutout with only one hit on Thursday. And is if their recent run of futility wasn't reason enough to panic, their division lead over the upstart Pirates had dwindled to one. Luckily, the boys from the Queen City prevailed victorious as they jumped all over SF ace Matt Cain early to propel themselves past the home squad by a tally of 5-1.Mike Leake went the distance and added a pair of hits to help lift his season record to 3-5. Meanwhile, the offensive charge was led by none other than the club's two biggest bats in Jay Bruce and Joey Votto. The dynamic pair of left-handed sticks combined to rip seven hits and account for all but one of the Reds' runs.
And now for the good, the bad and the notables from Friday's funktastic affair on the West Coast:
- Leake came into Friday's game ...