Quintana (8-6) got the win Tuesday, tossing six shutout innings with three strikeouts while allowing three hits and two walks against the Giants. Quintana was at just 86 pitches and likely could've gone even deeper into the game, but the Cubs were locked in a scoreless tie entering the top of the seventh so they opted for a pinch hitter when his spot came up in the frame. The lefty has gone six straight starts with four strikeouts or fewer -- posting a shaky 20:14 K:BB in that span -- but Tuesday's outing marked a second consecutive quality start and brought his ERA to a season-low 3.96. Barring any changes to the rotation, Quintana's next start isn't likely to come until after the All-Star break.
Quintana (7-6) gave up two runs on five hits and three walks over six innings to record the win Wednesday against the Tigers. He struck out four. Quintana allowed solo home runs to Nicholas Castellanos and John Hicks but was otherwise in cruise control on the Fourth of July. It was nice to see the lefty complete six innings, as he had failed to do so in his previous three outings. Quintana's ERA is still a bit higher than expected at 4.22, but he'll look to continue trending in the right direction in his next start, which is scheduled for Tuesday in San Francisco.
Quintana threw 5.1 innings Thursday, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks in an 11-5 win over the Dodgers. He struck out four and allowed a home run. This start was pretty indicative of Quintana's June; it was his fourth consecutive start allowing at least two runs, striking out four or fewer, and pitching six innings or less. The 29-year-old lefty owns a 4.31 ERA in 85.2 innings alongside an 80:40 K:BB. Quintana is on track to take the mound at home Wednesday against Detroit for his next scheduled start.
Quintana allowed two runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts through six innings in a no-decision Monday against Milwaukee. Despite occasional shakiness, Quintana was mostly on point when it mattered, as he kept the Brewers hitless with runners in scoring position. His big mistake was a two-run homer off the bat of Jonathan Villar in the fifth inning. Consistency has been an issue for Quintana, who hasn't completed six innings in consecutive starts since his first two starts of the season on April 1 and April 8. He'll look to end that dubious streak Sunday against the Cardinals.
Quintana allowed just two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out 10 over 5.2 innings but did not factor into the decision in Wednesday's win over the Phillies. Quintana was solid in this one but lost his chance at his seventh win of the season when Steve Cishek allowed a home run after coming on in relief in the sixth inning. Nonetheless, this was a step in the right direction for Quintana after he allowed four runs over 4.1 innings in his last start. He'll carry a 4.20 ERA into his next outing Monday in Milwaukee.