Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Pitches, 16 Fouls, 12 Minutes: Brandon Belt's Marathon At-Bat

Pitches, 16 Fouls, 12 Minutes: Brandon Belt's Marathon At-Bat

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. His at-bat in the first inning against Jaime Barria took over 13 minutes from start to finish and ended up going 21 pitches, 16 of which he fouled off.

It took 9 pitches for Belt to work the depend full, as he fouled off 5 pitches within the course of.

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

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. 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. All three baserunners eventually scored in the inning, one coming in when Buster Posey grounded into a double play, and two more on Evan Longoria's home run.

"After a while it was comical", said Joe Panik, who had reached first base ahead of Belt with a single after a modest seven-pitch at-bat.

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Indeed, in his next at bat he forced Berria to throw eight pitches - fouling off four pitches with two strikes - before he singled. He is hitting.333 with a.997 OPS.

"I tried some changeups and then finally the fastball in got him out", Barria said through a translator.

Barria was charged with two earned runs, as reliever Noe Ramirez allowed two of the runners to score. He got only six outs on 77 pitches.

Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons suffered a bruised right forearm when he was hit by a pitch by Cueto in the second.

Los Angeles had runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth before Hunter Strickland got Kinsler to fly out for his third save in five chances. LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 3.98 ERA) is expected to start for the Angels while Gerrit Cole (2-0, 0.96 ERA) will start for the Astros.

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