Former Phillie Ken Giles demoted after cursing at Astros manager


Ken Giles sent down to Astros' Triple-A affiliate after 9th inning meltdown

"After giving up three earned runs with a 4-0 lead in the ninth inning of the Houston Astros" extra innings win on Tuesday, the team optioned the fiery right-hander to Triple-A Fresno. A frustrated Giles visibly appeared to cuss as he left the mound, potentially at Hinch, though there's been no confirmation of that.

"I did hear about it", he said, via the Houston Chronicle. He was taken out of the game after allowing three singles, including an RBI single, cutting into the Astros' lead, 4-1. "He was pretty mad in the dugout". That stuff happens in the heat of battle. He can let me know if it was directed at me. I didn't hear anything. "It if turns out it was at me, we'll talk about it". It has been a season of woe so far for Giles, whom the Astros have entrusted the closer role.

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Punching himself in the face was apparently not the lowest point for Ken Giles. The Cuban signed a $2 million contract with Houston in 2016 and has been sensational in Double-A, posting a 6-1 record with a 1.98 ERA and 1.11 WHIP while fanning 83 in 68.1 innings. He's given up more runs (17) this year than he did all of last year even though his strikeout-to-walk numbers have been excellent.

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. 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.

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