Athletics' Piscotty homers in first at-bat since mother's funeral

Athletics' Piscotty homers in first at-bat since mother's funeral

Piscotty had been away from the team following the death of his mother.

In his first at-bat since coming off the bereavement list, A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty crushed a homer over the Green Monster at Fenway Park. After he crossed home plate, Piscotty trotted to the dugout, where teammates showered him with cheers and high fives. Gretchen Piscotty, 55, died May 6.

"Running around [the bases] was pretty emotional".

Piscotty, who returned to the A's Tuesday after missing four games to be with his family, drove an 0-2 pitch from Eduardo Rodriguez out to left in the second inning. I'm pretty cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything. The gesture was a tribute to his mother, Gretchen Piscotty, who passed away on May 6 after battling ALS for almost one year.

"He wanted to play". Probably Gretchen. It was like a walkoff.

Continuing what has been a solid start to the season, Mengden kept a unsafe Red Sox lineup in check as he allowed just two runs, one earned, on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts over six innings of work. He's 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA over seven starts with the A's this season.

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