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Astros option Ken Giles to Triple-A Fresno

12 July 2018

Ken Giles, who had 34 saves for the world champion Houston Astros last season, was sent down to Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday. He was taken out of the game after allowing three singles, including an RBI single, cutting into the Astros' lead, 4-1. On Tuesday, Giles was seen spouting off as manager A.J. Hinch pulled him from the mound. Rondon did eventually get three outs though, and the game went into extra innings. Giles appeared to say, "F-k you, man", to Hinch as he handed him the ball. I'll have to look at it.

Before that insane 11th-inning comeback, closer Ken Giles allowed three runs without recording an out in the ninth inning. He promptly punched himself in the face on his way off the mound. But Giles has memorably sunk the "Stros in high-leverage spots this season".

Giles' demotion could ultimately lead to a departure from the club if his relationship with Hinch has reached the point of no return.

Between those two games and the one Tuesday, Giles allowed 10 earned runs while tallying one out. He's had just one save in nine appearances since June 17.

Astros option Ken Giles to Triple-A Fresno