The Giants are hoping starter Madison Bumgarner can keep their recent stellar starting pitching streak going.
After Tim Lincecum no-hit the Padres on Wednesday, Ryan Vogelsong went six innings against the Reds on Thursday, giving up only one run.
Bumgarner aims to be the next in line when he battles Cincinnati in the second game of the four-game set.
The Giants' 24-year-old left-hander is coming off a stellar start against the D-backs at Chase Field. He dominated the Arizona hitters, going eight innings and giving up one unearned run on two hits while striking out seven batters.
Bumgarner has lowered his ERA from 3.38 to 2.65 in his last six starts and has pitched at least seven innings in each of them.
"We know what they're capable of. Capability is one thing, but they have to go out and get it done, and that's what has to happen for us to have success," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "This team we're playing here, every starter they're throwing against us is a really good starter. Throughout baseball, there are so many good pitchers, so we've got to matchup, have our guys keep us in the game and give us a chance to win the game."
But Friday's game will require the Giants' offense to step up if they want to leave with a win. They're facing Reds ace Johnny Cueto, who has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball this season.
Cueto leads the Major Leagues in ERA (1.86) and WHIP (0.845) and is tied for fifth in strikeouts (119). He hasn't faced the Giants yet this season, but the last time he did take the mound at AT&T Park -- on June 28, 2012 -- he gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings, picking up the loss.
Reds: Bruce touring the bases
Outfielder Jay Bruce has notched an extra-base hit in each of his last seven appearances.
"He's squaring the ball up," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's almost a line-to-line approach right now pretty much."
Up next on the Reds' record list is Dave Parker, who had eight straight games with an extra-base hit from July 13-23, 1986. Next in line after that is Pete Rose, who had nine straight games from July 31-Aug. 8, 1966. Rose's streak is the longest Reds' mark since 1914.
"It's good to see," Price said. "He's obviously a slugger, but I'd love to see him banging out those doubles with some regularity too. He's a guy that can be that consistent 30 homer, 40-plus doubles guy. And we're seeing more of a gap-to-gap approach, which is nice to see."
Giants: Panik struggling to start career
Rookie second baseman Joe Panik has seen already seen special moments since being called up to the Major Leagues -- his fifth big league game featured a no-hitter by Lincecum
What he hasn't seen is the same success he had at Triple-A Fresno this season.
Through his first games, he is hitting only .125 (2-for-16). Both of his hits -- a single and a double -- came during his first career start, a 4-1 win against the D-backs.
Panik was hitting .321 in 74 games in Triple-A this season before he was called up on June 21.
• First baseman Adam Duvall became the 13th Giants player with his first Major League hit a home run. The last Giant to accomplish that was Brett Pill on Sept. 6, 2011.
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.