Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Astros send reliever Giles to Triple-A

Astros send reliever Giles to Triple-A

The Houston Astros optioned right-hander Ken Giles to Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, the day after he suffered a ninth-inning meltdown and appeared to mutter an expletive in the direction of manager A.J. Hinch as he was removed from the game.

The Astros have recalled left-hander Cionel Perez in a corresponding move. He is 0-2 with a 4.99 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, striking out 31 batters in 30.2 innings. Giles was clearly upset with Hinch as he walked off the mound and into the Astros' dugout, punctuating another rough relief appearance allowing three straight singles without recording an out.

While Giles gave up three innings in the ninth to help the bullpen cough up a 4-0 lead, the Astros were able to win with a freaky walk-off in the 11th. I didn't hear anything.

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The fact that Giles has now been demoted to the minors would appear to confirm that Hinch heard Giles and that the pitcher was speaking directly at the manager. "He's had an up-and-down season".

While the 27-year-old has not blown a save in 12 chances, his performances were shaky enough for Hinch to replace him Tuesday with Hector Rondon, who pitched one inning before Collin McHugh took over in the top of the 10th and secured the winning result in the 11th. "He has not had the success up here this year that he's had in the past or that he's capable of having".

"We need to get his pitching right", Hinch said.

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Those issues have continued into this season, as Giles has a 4.99 ERA and just 12 saves. He's had some bad games. "I don't know what he said". The sweeping slider that was often Giles's strikeout pitch has none of the snap it had last year, leaving hitters to sit on his fastball, which has velocity, but doesn't appear to have almost as much movement as in previous years. Chris Devenski and Brad Peacock also have two saves each this year.

"As A.J. said, this was a baseball decision", Luhnow said, via MLB.com.

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