Mets get 1st HR by lefty over LF fence at Citi

It took four seasons, 250 games and reconfigured dimensions, but

a left-handed hitter for the New York Mets finally cleared the

left-field fence at Citi Field.

Rookie outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit the opposite-field drive

to left-center off San Francisco lefty Barry Zito in the fifth

inning Friday night.

The shot cleared the new 8-foot fence by about 2 feet and landed

in the Party City Deck. It was well short of the old 16-foot wall,

which is about 10 feet deeper.

It was the fourth home run in seven games this season that

cleared the new fence but would not have gone over the old wall.

Nieuwenhuis’ solo drive cut the Mets’ deficit to 3-2. It was the

4,155th at-bat for a Mets left-handed hitter at Citi Field,

according to STATS LLC.

Batting left-handed, Angel Pagan hit an inside-the-park,

opposite-field homer for the Mets on Aug. 23, 2009. Also, Ike Davis

hit a drive slightly to the left of center off Atlanta’s Derek Lowe

on July 11, 2010.

There have been seven opposite-field homers to left by

left-handed visitors at Citi Field: Joey Votto and Ryan Howard each

did it twice and Jorge Posada, Adam Dunn and Nick Johnson had one