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.
"It was pure joy", Piscotty said of the moment that followed the.
Piscotty, whose mother, Gretchen, died May 6 after a almost year-long battle with ALS, held his hand over his heart as he ran down the third-base line and he patted his chest as he crossed the plate and looked upward.
"Running around [the bases] was pretty emotional". "I've been a little cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything".
It was Piscotty's third home run of the year.
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Stephen Piscotty arrived in Boston Tuesday afternoon, rejoining the team after celebrating the life of his mother, Gretchen, who died May 7 after her battle with ALS. It felt real good knowing my family was watching, I know my mom was watching. "To be able to do what he did tells you a little seething about him".
"To hit a home run in his first at-bat like that, there's something in the air", he said. Probably Gretchen. It was like a walkoff.
Athletics: To make room on the roster for Piscotty, Oakland optioned RHP Kendall Graveman to Triple-A Nashville.
Mengden improved to 3-4 on the season, lowering his ERA to 3.75.