With Matt Diaz going 0-for-9 in the last two games at San Diego, Atlanta leadoff hitters fell to 2-for-38 on the season, and six walks barely got the team's on-base percentage from that spot over .200.
Melky Cabrera held the leadoff spot for six of the first seven games until Diaz got his chance against the Padres. Cabrera, 2-for-26 batting first and hitless in his past 15 at-bats, played left field against the Rockies, but was dropped to seventh in the order.
McLouth was 0-for-3 with two walks last Saturday at San Francisco in his only other time in the leadoff spot this season. He snapped an 0-for-12 streak with a single Thursday while hitting eighth.