Astros send reliever Ken Giles down to Triple-A Fresno



The Ken Giles Experience continues to be as wild and insane as advertised.

Former Phillies relief pitcher Ken Giles was optioned by the Astros to triple-A Fresno on Wednesday.

The Astros have recalled left-hander Cionel Perez in a corresponding move.

After serving as the closer on the Astros' World Series-winning team a year ago, Giles has struggled mightily in 2018. 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.

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On Tuesday night against the Oakland Athletics, Giles entered the game in the 9th inning with Houston leading 4-0. When manager A.J. Hinch pulled him from the game, Giles muttered what looked like an expletive as he was leaving the mound.

Giles has had a tumultuous season so far with several poignant negative moments. He punched himself in the face after another bad outing. He tallied 12 saves in 34 games pitched, but lost his role as a closer last month.

Fellow right-hander Hector Rondon then took the hill with a 4-1 lead and runners on first and second.

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