Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-3 at the plate in the A's 8-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night at the Coliseum. But his most impressive contribution after a monthlong absence came in the field.
In the top of the fifth inning, Cardinals catcher Matt Wieters crushed Mike Fiers' pitch to the right-center field wall. Piscotty got a good break on the ball, and leapt up to catch it. Starting pitcher Mike Fiers clearly was grateful.
As the ball left Wieters' bat, Piscotty said he got some much-needed help from center fielder Mark Canha.
"I feel like I got a good jump on it and it was approaching the wall, and I could hear Canha saying, 'Go for it! Go for it!'" Piscotty told NBC Sports California's Kara Tsuboi after the win. "And I was like, 'Alright, here we go.' Just jumped and secured it."
The A's went 15-9 in Piscotty's absence in July, but they are getting the right fielder back at the proper time. Ramón Laureano's on the 10-day injured list with a stress reaction in his right shin, and Piscotty's presence can help the A's withstand that injury.
The 28-year-old's catch came against his former team. Piscotty spent his first three MLB seasons with the Cardinals, before joining the A's ahead of the 2018 season.
If Piscotty doesn't have more in store in Sunday's finale, at least something in his likeness will. Sunday's giveaway item is a "Hometown Hero" shirt featuring the Pleasanton native.