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Belt's 21-pitch plate appearance most since at least 1988

24 April, 2018, 03:38 | Author: Carla Brady
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San Francisco's Brandon Belt had a 21-pitch at-bat in an epic showdown with Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Jaime Barria in the first inning Sunday, the most pitches faced since records began being kept in 1988.

The right-hander threw just 71 pitches in an impressive debut where he allowed one hit in five innings against the Texas Rangers, but he was immediately sent back to Triple-A.

The pitch chart looked incredible.

Belt hit 16 foul balls, including 11 in a row just before lining out to Kole Calhoun.




While Belt's almost quarter of an hour at the plate didn't get him on base, it did help push Barria - who was making just his second career major-league start - to a pitch count of 49 in the first inning.

The Giants say the exchange lasted 12 minutes and 45 seconds, according to The New York Post. "If it helped get me a little bit locked in for later in the game, it was worth it".

Cora worked an 18-pitch at-bat in 2004 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which resulted in a home run off Chicago Cubs righty Matt Clement. Longoria hit a two-run homer to cap a three-run inning.

Barria loaded the bases with no outs in the third before making way for Noe Ramirez. He got only six outs on 77 pitches. Cueto also struck out Trout twice. Barria retired the Giants in order in the second but allowed the first three batters to reach in the third - including a single by Belt on only four pitches - and Barria was replaced by Noe Ramirez. Not after he fell behind 1-2 when swinging through a slider.

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