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Mets' Jeff McNeill hits first homer left-handed in nearly three years

Jeff MacNeil didn't realize it when he was shown the stats, but he had a big smile on his face.

McNeil's home run to center field led the Reds to starter Mike his fourth inning against his minors on Tuesday night, making him the first left-handed pitcher in three years to score. It was the first home run. The last time was on September 3, 2019, against Roenis Elias for the Nationals.

"Mac has always had a good track record [hitting left-handed hitters] because he doesn't try to do too much," saidas the Mets went 6-2 to the Reds. ``He had a really good swing on that ball. He's hit 23 homers a year. I think but he rushes to ambush you he hit a lot of big home runs for us he just doesn't give in and he's chasing a base hit every time he goes in the box he 291 hitters against left-handers and not far from the .304 mark against right-handers, Tuesday's home run was just the fifth of his 44 career home runs coming out of a left-handed pitcher.

Jeff McNeil watches his solo homer in the fourth inning of the Mets' 6-2 win.
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“There are too many,” McNeill said. "It was a little tough at bat, but I went 1-0 [on the count], and I was looking for a fastball, put some air under it, and got out." Edwin, Mets closer Diaz and his brother, Reds reliever Alexis Diaz, brought up their respective teams' lineup cards before the game. Several of their family members have attended Citi Field during the series, many sporting specially made split his jerseys that are half Mets colors and logos and half red colors and logos. I was wearing

Mark Cana was hit by one in the seventh inning, giving the Mets an MLB-high 76 hit by pitches and on pace to break the club record of 95 set in 2019.

29} "I thought we were slowing down, but now I think we're picking up the pace again," Showalter said. "It has a little to do with the way they hit. That's also why they're good. It's obvious to me. Our mates don't budge." Relief Tommy Hunter (back) is set to begin minor league rehab assignments and said he should be "back on schedule" off the injured list on August 21. … Dom Smith (ankle) Also continued his rehab duties at Triple-A Syracuse, going 1-4.