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

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

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 against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night in a game delayed nearly two hours because of weather.

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. Piscotty finished 1 for 4 on the night.

"The hand over my heart, that's something my mom would do when she wasn't able to speak", Piscotty said the next day. "I put my hand over my chest like she would do, and that's kind of going to be my thing going forward". The past six starts in particular have been very impressive for Mengden, posting a 2.62 with 26 strikeouts while allowing two runs or less in five of those six. Blake Treinen finished it off for his eighth save of the season. The gesture was a tribute to his mother, Gretchen Piscotty, who passed away on May 6 after battling ALS for almost one year.

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