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

Stephen Piscotty

A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty rejoined the team from the bereavement list before the game. Gretchen Piscotty, 55, died May 6.

"It was pure joy", Piscotty said of the moment that followed the.

"It's been an emotional week", Piscotty told MLB.com. The gesture was a tribute to his mother, Gretchen Piscotty, who passed away on May 6 after battling ALS for almost one year. As he approached home plate after rounding the bases, he patted his chest three times and looked up toward the sky - it was as if Gretchen was watching.

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. Because of the three-hour time difference, Piscotty said he didn't feel that exhausted.

"He wanted to play". "I know he was really- looking forward to that first at-bat".

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Added Melvin: "To hit a home run in his first at-bat like that, there's something in the air".

Mengden improved to 3-4 on the season, lowering his ERA to 3.75.

Athletics: To make room on the roster for Piscotty, Oakland optioned RHP Kendall Graveman to Triple-A Nashville.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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