Astros option Ken Giles to Triple-A Fresno

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2018

Astros reliever Ken Giles has been demoted to Triple-A after an outburst during the ninth inning of an Astros win Tuesday.

Back on May 27, Giles was given an 8-3 lead vs. Cleveland in the ninth inning before allowing three earned runs as part of an Indians rally. The television broadcast appeared to show Giles cursing at manager AJ Hinch as he was lifted. The Astros are recalling left-handed pitcher Cionel Perez from Double-A Corpus Christi in a corresponding move.

"I did hear about it", Hinch told reporters. He can let me know if it was directed at me. Rondon did eventually get three outs though, and the game went into extra innings. It has been a season of woe so far for Giles, whom the Astros have entrusted the closer role.

The righhander has a 4.99 ERA with 12 saves and 21 strikeouts this season.

Between those two games and the one Tuesday, Giles allowed 10 earned runs while tallying one out.

Giles was traded to the Astros in December 2015 in exchange for pitchers Vince Velasquez, Tom Eshelman, and Brett Oberholtzer, as well as outfielder Derek Fisher.

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