Cueto threw eight pitches and six strikes for the earliest postseason exit by a starter since Atlanta's John Thomson lasted one-third of an inning in Game 3 of a 2004 NL division series against Houston. Thomson came out with a sore muscle in his left side.
"When Johnny went down, I was like: 'Gosh, oh no, we're done. Why? Why? Why?'" Brandon Phillips said. "We're out there talking, and we're like, 'Let's win this for Johnny.'"