Brandon Belt breaks Major League Baseball all-time record with 21-pitch at-bat

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No pitcher has ever worked as hard as Jaime Barria did to retire Brandon Belt on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

Per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, this broke the previous Major League Baseball record for pitches in an at-bat, originally set in 1998 in a battle between Ricky Gutierrez and Bartolo Colon. He had a 12-pitch at-bat that assisted the Yankees close out a game title 5 win within their division series from the Cleveland Indians last calendar year.

"When I'm in the field I hate it when a batter keeps fouling pitches off", he said.

It did not. Barria threw a changeup that Belt stroked into right field for a hit. "It made for a superior battle".

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Belt fouled off 11 straight pitches before flying out.

He just knew he wasn't going to give in. Regardless of the end result that was fun to watch.

In the fifth inning, he became the first Giant since 2013 to hit a home run in four consecutive games, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News, as he hit a solo shot to right off Blake Parker. In all, forty pitches were seen by Belt.

Angels pitching coach Charles Nagy checked on Barria (1-1) after the long at-bat. "He didn't really hang anything except maybe a couple of pitches, but it was enough to throw me off and not get the barrel on the ball, so it was a tough at-bat".

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"I'm going, 'This can't be happening, '" he said.

In both club-houses then there is praise for Belt and also Barria's approach.

Cueto twice fanned Shohei Ohtani by getting the Japanese two-way sensation to flail at changeups.

On Tuesday, Belt singled with two outs in the eighth inning to break up Corbin's no-hitter in Phoenix.

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