Did Ken Giles believe he shouldn’t have been pulled by A.J. Hinch?

Did Giles think that more than 34,000 paying fans were wrong and he was right?

That’s the only way to explain it.

Because, otherwise, Giles’ me-first antics Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park had nothing to do with beating Oakland in mid-July or the Astros repeating as back-to-back world champs.

It’s going to be interesting to see how Hinch – calm and cool, but more fiery than most know -- handles this.

There’s less and less of a place for Giles on the 62-32 Astros - and that was made evident when he was optioned to Class AAA Fresno on Wednesday afternoon by the team that entered the day holding a four-game division lead and possessing the second-best record in Major League Baseball.

I recently devoted an entire column to Giles’ season-long struggles.

Tuesday night at the ballpark, Giles embarrassed himself, his manager and his club – and nearly coughed up win No. 62, which eventually required 11 innings for the full W and featured one of the oddest “walkoffs” in recent baseball history.