The 2018 baseball season has been decidedly stormy for Ken Giles.
He’s hoping this weekend will be a silver lining.
Giles, the Albuquerque native who helped the Houston Astros win a World Series championship last season, is currently pitching for Triple-A Fresno. He allowed a run and recorded a strikeout in a brief eighth-inning appearance Friday as the Grizzlies opened a three-day, four-game series with an 8-5 win at Isotopes Park.
It’s not the venue Giles had in mind for late July. He’s started each of the last two seasons as the Astros’ primary closer and is 46-for-50 in save opportunities during that span, including 12-for-12 this season.