In his first game back from bereavement leave after the death of his 55-year-old mother, the Oakland A's outfielder blasted a home run in his first at-bat Tuesday at Fenway Park in Boston. The gesture was a tribute to his mother, Gretchen Piscotty, who passed away on May 6 after battling ALS for almost one year. "I've been a little cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything".
Benintendi's solo homer in the fifth pulled Boston back within 3-2, but the A's tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth. He took a 3:45 a.m. Uber from his home in the Bay Area and boarded a 6 a.m. flight.
Added Melvin: "To hit a home run in his first at-bat like that, there's something in the air". "Probably Gretchen ... It was like a walkoff". Because of the three-hour time difference, Piscotty said he didn't feel that exhausted. "The guys just embraced him when he got in the dugout".More news: Pope Francis thinking of moment to say farewell
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"He wanted to play".
The A's will look to sweep the Red Sox when they close out the three-game series Wednesday. "I put my hand over my chest like she would do, and that's kind of going to be my thing going forward". He's 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA over seven starts with the A's this season.