Piscotty: 'Pure joy' after HR upon return to A's

  • Piscotty: 'Pure joy' after HR upon return to A's

Piscotty: 'Pure joy' after HR upon return to A's

Stephen Piscotty returned to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night after he missed several games following the death of his mother, and the outfielder made his presence felt immediately. Gretchen Piscotty died May 6 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

"It was pure joy", Piscotty said of the moment that followed the. It's been an emotional week, " Piscotty said following the team's 5-3 win. After he crossed home plate, Piscotty trotted to the dugout, where teammates showered him with cheers and high fives. "I've been a little cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything".

Matt Chapman provided Mengden with some early run support in the first, doubling off the wall in right field to bring home Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder to give the A's a 2-0 lead. Because of the three-hour time difference, Piscotty said he didn't feel that exhausted. "I know he was really- looking forward to that first at-bat".

Eduardo Rodriguez (3-1) took his first loss of the season after getting roughed up in the first few innings.

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