Cueto (14-4) gave up only one run on four hits over six innings while striking out six, but suffered a 1-0 road loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday. A solo homer by Justin Turner in the fourth inning turned out to be the only run of the game, leaving Cueto on the short end despite his third consecutive quality start. On the whole, however, he's been well short of elite since the All-Star break, pitching to a 1-3 record, 3.93 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over eight starts. Cueto will try to continue turning the tide when he next starts Tuesday against Arizona; he's beaten the Diamondbacks twice in three tries already this year.
Cueto (14-3) allowed one run on eight hits while walking none and striking out two over seven frames, and was the winning pitcher in Friday night's 8-1 win over the Mets. Where Cueto lacked in strikeouts, he made up in efficiency en route to his first win in six starts, as the right-hander threw 71 of his 104 pitches for strikes and didn't walk a single batter. Not only did Cueto help the Giants reclaim first place in the NL West, he did it against the same team he two-hit during Game 2 of the 2016 World Series. Alongside a 0.67 HR/9, Cueto now flashes a 2.90 ERA and 3.06 FIP on the season -- minute numbers which could go a long way come October.
Cueto (13-3) pitched 7.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out 10 Phillies in a no-decision Wednesday. Cueto's 12th career double-digit strikeout game was nothing to celebrate as things went terribly wrong late in the game. The first-year Giant scattered three hits while holding the Phillies scoreless through the first six frames. He gave up back-to-back homers in the seventh, but trotted back out for the eighth. It was on his 112th pitch that Cueto gave up a two-run single that tied the game 4-4, thus ending his night. Whether or not this failure fails on Cueto remains to be seen. Manager Bruce Bochy has taken some heat for leaving his starters out there too long in recent weeks. Cueto, was obviously tiring, but the NL's leader in complete games (4), he's worked through such circumstances a number of times this season. The veteran has the third-most innings pitched in the NL (fourth-most in MLB), and maybe Bochy will decide to ease off the gas pedal with his right-hander a bit moving forward.
Cueto (13-3) suffered only his third loss of the year Thursday after allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings against Washington. The 30-year-old righty took the loss in the All-Star game and has carried that into his second half, opening with an 0-2 record in three starts. Before these two losses, though, Cueto hadn't suffered a defeat since way back on April 21. He'll get a ripe opportunity to bounce back Wednesday against the Phillies.
Cueto did not factor into the decision in Saturday's extra-inning victory over the Yankees, despite striking out nine and giving up only a run (unearned) on six hits and a walk over six innings. The last-minute starter turned in a typically solid performance, although he struggled a bit with his pitch count by immediately getting behind on 14 of the 25 hitters he faced. However, Cueto did notch 11 swinging strikes, and bounced back nicely after a surprising loss to the Padres last Sunday. He brought his ERA back down to 2.53, and will look to put together another strong outing next Thursday versus the Nationals.