Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Astros send reliever Ken Giles to Triple-A

Astros send reliever Ken Giles to Triple-A

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.

But when Giles came in during the ninth inning, the Astros had a 4-0 lead.

It was the second major outburst of the year for the right-hander, who punched himself in the face as he left the mound after another bad performance earlier in the season. The Astros announced that they had optioned Giles down to Triple-A Fresno.

The Athletics tied the game at 4 in the 9th inning. Giles appeared to say, "F-k you, man", to Hinch as he handed him the ball.

"I did hear about it", he said, via the Houston Chronicle. I'll have to look at it. I didn't hear anything. "It if turns out it was at me, we'll talk about it".

Giles' troubles date back to the playoffs last season. The first incident of note came May 2 when the reliever allowed a three-run, go-ahead homer to Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and was saddled with a loss. Nearly more memorable than that was Giles punching himself in the face after giving up four runs to the Yankees in the ninth inning on May 2. He has allowed 17 runs all season in 34 appearances.

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