Esch pitched 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, including two homers, and one walk while striking out two Braves in Tuesday's no-decision.
Esch's third big league start went no better than his first two, and he now owns a 5.54 ERA and 1.77 WHIP. The 26-year-old rookie has a poor 10:6 K:BB ratio and has surrendered 17 hits, including four homers, over 13 innings. Struggling against the league's worst team proves Esch is far from ready to take on major league hitters. He'll look for his first career victory when he toes the rubber in his next start Monday versus Washington.