Stephen Piscotty Homers in First At-Bat Since Returning From Bereavement List

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

Piscotty had been away from the team following the death of his mother. He promptly singled. The funeral services for Gretchen Piscotty - after losing her almost year-long battle with ALS - were Monday.

The Athletics' Stephen Piscotty returned from the bereavement list in a special way on Tuesday.

Is it dusty in here?

It's been an emotional time for Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty.

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.

"The hand over my heart, that's something my mom would do when she wasn't able to speak". "This was just, 'I love you and thank you.' That's what I did in the box, and that's her way of saying it".

Andrew Benintendi homered for Boston and Mitch Moreland finished with a pair of doubles for the Red Sox.

Daniel Mengden started for Oakland and turned in a terrific performance, particularly considering that Boston is averaging 6.7 runs per game at home and hitting.288, both major-league bests.

Ahead by three runs entering the bottom of the ninth, Blake Treinen allowed a run to score, but held on for his eighth save of the season. 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.