Astros send struggling Ken Giles to minors

Astros send struggling Ken Giles to minors

When manager A.J. Hinch went to the mound to pull Giles from the game, the struggling closer cursed at Hinch before leaving the field.

Ken Giles has gone from Houston Astros closer to minor leaguer. Hinch declined to talk about the specifics of the incident.

Before that insane 11th-inning comeback, closer Ken Giles allowed three runs without recording an out in the ninth inning. "He was pretty mad in the dugout".

"I did hear about it", Hinch told reporters. He can let me know if it was directed at me. You can certainly understand I'll address it. After an up-and-down first season in Houston, Giles looked to be emerging as the dynamic late-inning weapon the "Stros had hoped to acquire in 2017, tossing 62 2/3 innings of 2.30 ERA ball with 14 strikeouts per nine innings against 3.4 BB/9".

He was removed from Houston's Tuesday night win against the A's in favor of Hector Rondon to applause from the Minute Maid Park crowd.

The demotion comes as Giles' poor season continues. He is 0-2 with a 4.99 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, striking out 31 batters in 30.2 innings. It's a long season, as they say, and while tempers occasionally flare, it's happened too often for a guy who should be more angry at himself than the manager who yanked him from what was a stinker of an outing. He has allowed 17 runs all season in 34 appearances. If he never returns to the major league club, and it seems likely he won't, put a pin in the Oakland A's game on July 10, because that's where it actually ended.