May 23, 2018

A's Stephen Piscotty homers in first at-bat back from mom's funeral

16 May 2018, 04:53 | Joan Schultz

In return from bereavement, A's player hits homer for mom

Stephen Piscotty hit a home run Tuesday in his first at-bat following bereavement leave

Piscotty was away from the team for the past four games while tending to the loss of his mother from ALS.

Stephen Piscotty homered in his first at-bat after being reinstated from the bereavement list and saluted his late mother as he crossed home plate, helping lead the Oakland Athletics to a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night in a game delayed nearly two hours because of weather.

Is it dusty in here? It was his third home run of the season and put Oakland up 3-0.

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Piscotty, who was traded from the Cardinals to the A's in December partly to be closer to his mom in Pleasanton, Calif., told manager Bob Melvin last Tuesday he was ready to get back in the lineup and feel the support of his teammates. "I kind of put my hand over my chest like she would do".

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The start of Tuesday's game was delayed an hour and 42 minutes by a brief but nasty story that included high winds, pounding rain and thunder and lightning. Blake Treinen finished it off for his eighth save of the season. 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.

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