Astros' Giles sent to Triple A after meltdown

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

Former Phillies relief pitcher Ken Giles was optioned by the Astros to triple-A Fresno on Wednesday.

Giles came in with a 4-0 lead in the top of the ninth against the A's, but allowed three straight singles to load the bases and was promptly removed for Hector Rondon. On Tuesday, Giles was seen spouting off as manager A.J. Hinch pulled him from the mound.

It was the second major outburst of the year for the right-hander, who punched himself in the face as he left the mound after another bad performance earlier in the season.

Houston came away with the 6-5 win in a freakish walk-off in the 11th inning against the Athletics. "He was pretty mad in the dugout".

Before that insane 11th-inning comeback, closer Ken Giles allowed three runs without recording an out in the ninth inning. That stuff happens in the heat of battle. Nearly more memorable than that was Giles punching himself in the face after giving up four runs to the Yankees in the ninth inning on May 2.

Giles' demotion could ultimately lead to a departure from the club if his relationship with Hinch has reached the point of no return. He has allowed 17 runs all season in 34 appearances.

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