Brandon Belt breaks Major League Baseball record for longest at-bat, goes 21 pitches

Apr 23, 2018, 12:32
Brandon Belt breaks Major League Baseball record for longest at-bat, goes 21 pitches

With a record-setting at-bat, a solo home run on the ninth pitch of another plate appearance and a grand total of 40 pitches faced on Sunday, Belt paced the Giants to a 4-2 win on a day when pace of play was the least of the Giants concerns.

Belt's at-bat was the longest in Major League history, breaking a record set by Ricky Gutierrez against Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998. In his fourth largest at-bat he hit on on the first pitch - even a curve ball from Jim Johnson - to get one and also he flied out onto a first pitch slider on his own.

Brandon Belt took the concept of "working the count" to a new level on Sunday. He swung and missed simply as soon as.

As he did, Angels pitching coach Charles Nagy and catcher Martin Maldonado came out to talk to Barria - not so much to advise him as much as to give him a breather. Barria had thrown 9 pitches to Joe Panik, who hit a leadoff single, earlier than throwing 21 to Belt.

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Barria needed 49 pitches to get out of the scoreless first inning.

Severino allowed one run and three hits over seven innings, lowering his ERA to 2.32, while Andujar enjoyed the first four-hit game of his career.

Cueto took a no-hitter through the fifth inning, but ran into some trouble in the next frame.

The Angels' Shohei Ohtani was the DH and had a single in four trips, and struck out twice. Through five innings, Cueto had walked two and hit two batters with pitches.

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The Angels eventually loaded the bases with one out against Cueto, but the Giants right-hander escaped when he got Luis Valbuena to ground into an inning-ending 3-6-1 double play.

Kinsler led off the sixth with a single for the Angels' first hit. Barria was then removed from the game after he had thrown 77 pitches.

Barria was charged with two earned runs, as reliever Noe Ramirez allowed two of the runners to score.

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 3.98) looks to go 3-0 on the road this season when he opens series at Houston versus UCLA product Gerrit Cole (2-0, 0.96).

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