Brandon Belt Sets MLB Record With 21-Pitch AB

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Brandon Belt of this bay area Giants watched 2-1 pitches in an epic plate look contrary to la Angels newcomer righthander Jaime Barria in the very first inning Sunday, the most since recordings commenced in 1988.

The previous record was held by Ricky Gutierrez, who worked 20 pitches off Bartolo Colon in 1998.

Barria needed 49 pitches to get out of the scoreless first inning. Belt fouled 16 balls and ended his at-bat with a flyout to right field.

Remarkably, Colon was in his second Major League season and is now the oldest active player at 44 years old.

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The left handed Belt peppered the crowd with abundant souvenirs including two prolonged fouls down the lineup.

In all, it took almost 13 minutes for Barria and Belt to get through the at-bat. Barria threw over to first base four separate times during the at-bat to check on base runner Joe Panik.

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.

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