Brandon Belt sets Major League Baseball record with 21-pitch at-bat

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt

San Francisco's Brandon Belt broke the major-league record for the most pitches in an at-bat after facing 21 pitches against Los Angeles pitcher Jaime Barria on Sunday.

Major League Baseball said that Belt's at bat beat a 1998 contest between Cleveland's Bartolo Colon and Houston's Ricky Gutierrez by one.

The pitch chart looked incredible.

Belt hit 16 foul balls, including 11 in a row just before lining out to Kole Calhoun. If there was only a tacit acknowledgment between them, Belt did admit to Maldonado that he understood how he felt.

In his second at bat he forced eight pitches to be thrown by Berria until he spat.

Belt was greeted with high-fives when he returned to the dugout.

It took nine pitches for Belt to work the count full, fouling off five pitches in the process. "I basically had to apologise to everybody after that". One of the hit batters was Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who had to leave the game due to a right forearm contusion. "Don't want to do it again".

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. In fact, as the at-bat unfolded, they seemed to become even more resolute. It was the last pitch of the day for Barria, who was soon back in the clubhouse, where at least he would no longer be tormented by Belt. Barria was then removed from the game after he had thrown 77 pitches.

Johnny Cueto (2-0) took a no-hitter into the sixth and allowed only two hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings.

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