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

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

A day after another blowup on the mound, the Astros have sent struggling closer Ken Giles to Triple-A Fresno.

Giles has had a tumultuous season so far with several poignant negative moments.

But when Giles came in during the ninth inning, the Astros had a 4-0 lead. He has recorded 12 saves and 31 strikeouts in 30.2 innings pitched.

Giles' troubles date back to the playoffs last season.

Houston came away with the 6-5 win in a freakish walk-off in the 11th inning against the Athletics. He was taken out of the game after allowing three singles, including an RBI single, cutting into the Astros' lead, 4-1. The television broadcast appeared to show Giles cursing at manager AJ Hinch as he was lifted.

The Astros recalled left-hander Cionel Perez from Double A Corpus Christi Wednesday. 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. Giles was acquired in a trade with the Phillies before the 2016 season.

Vanessa Coleman

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