ATLANTA – If Travis Demeritte is going to continue granting wishes, then maybe he will prove to be the productive outfielder the Braves need over the next few months.
Demeritte heeded a fan’s wish by drilling a go-ahead home run in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s 3-1 win over the Cubs at Truist Park. As the recently promoted Braves outfielder prepared for the plate appearance, he heard a fan ask him to hit a home run, and he said he’d do his best.
Moments later, Demeritte hit Marcus Stroman’s first-pitch fastball and watched it land just beyond the right-field wall. The opposite-field shot was his first home run since he hit one for the Tigers on Sept. 12, 2019.
After Demeritte completed his home run trot, he found the fan who made the request and exchanged a high five through the protective screen.
Demeritte — who also made a sparkling sliding catch to end the fourth inning — wasn’t initially a part of this year’s plans. But with Eddie Rosario out for at least two months, Demeritte could fill a void in the Braves’ outfield.