The Miami Marlins had their losing streak extended to five games on Wednesday with their 5-2 loss to the New York Mets.
Miami is tumbling in the Wild Card standings and now sits only one game over .500. The Marlins are now trailing several teams in the playoff race including the Mets.
Jake Esch made his big league debut and came away with a no-decision. David Phelps was set to start, but was placed on the disabled list before the game with a strained left oblique. Esch did a decent job despite limited time in AAA before his promotion.
Esch gave up two runs on seven hits in his 4.1 innings of work. The right-hander walked three and struck out two. With Phelps out for at least two weeks, Esch could see a few more starts for Miami.
A.J. Ramos took over in the eighth inning and allowed three runs. Ramos entered with the game tied and ended up being tagged with the loss. In his one inning, Ramos allowed two hits and a pair of walks.
Christian Yelich homered for the 17th time this season as part of a two-hit day. J.T. Realmuto would add his 27th double of the season which was Miami's only other extra- base hits. The team had seven hits overall, but the majority of them were singles and ended up being stranded runners.
The Marlins were 1-7 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. The inability to find timely hits has been a problem for the Marlins all season, and has been very evident during the current skid.
Jose Urena will start for Miami in the series finale on Thursday.