Astros' Giles sent to Triple A after meltdown

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

The Ken Giles Experience continues to be as wild and insane as advertised.

The Astros have optioned righthander pitcher Ken Giles to Triple A after his ninth-inning meltdown Tuesday night, the team announced Wednesday.

The demotion comes as Giles' poor season continues. He has recorded 12 saves and 31 strikeouts in 30.2 innings pitched. But Giles has memorably sunk the "Stros in high-leverage spots this season".

Hinch pulled Giles in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park after the righty closer gave up two hits without recording an out. He was taken out of the game after allowing three singles, including an RBI single, cutting into the Astros' lead, 4-1. Houston lost 10-9 in 14 innings. As manager AJ Hinch came to the mound to remove him, Giles appeared to curse Hinch out, saying, "F- you man". He allowed five earned runs in 1⅔ innings in the World Series against the Dodgers.

The Astros have recalled left-hander Cionel Perez in a corresponding move. Giles was acquired in a trade with the Phillies before the 2016 season.

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