Monday, 28 May, 2018

Stephen Piscotty returns to A's after mother's death

Stephen Piscotty hit a home run Tuesday in his first at-bat following bereavement leave In return from bereavement, A's player hits homer for mom
Lucia Summers | 16 May, 2018, 17:50

The Athletics' Stephen Piscotty returned from the bereavement list in a special way on Tuesday. Piscotty's mother, Gretchen, passed away May 7 after a battle with ALS.

Piscotty, batting eighth, hit a home run Tuesday night in his first at-bat since his mother's funeral.

Is it dusty in here? Because of the three-hour time difference, Piscotty said he didn't feel that exhausted. "I know he was really- looking forward to that first at-bat".

With his hand on his heart, Stephen Piscotty trotted toward home plate Tuesday, and when he got there, he patted his chest and looked upward. "Probably Gretchen", Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. Matt Chapman and Mark Canha had two RBIs apiece for the A's, who took the first two games of the series against the struggling Red Sox. Blake Treinen finished it off for his eighth save of the season.

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Piscotty, who hadn't played in a week, drove an 0-2 pitch from Eduardo Rodriguez over the Green Monster in left field.

Mengden has allowed no more than two runs in his past three outings and no more than three in seven of his nine starts.

Andrew Benintendi homered for Boston and Mitch Moreland finished with a pair of doubles for the Red Sox. But the A's came out fully ready to go: Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder opened the game with base hits and with two outs, Chapman doubled them in.

To make room for Piscotty and with Trevor Cahill (elbow) expected to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, the A's also optioned right-hander Kendall Graveman to Triple-A Nashville.

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