With Joe Panik on first after a single, Brandon Belt came up to bat in the first inning. Twelve minutes and forty-five seconds later, he flied out to Kole Calhoun.
In a 21-pitch at-bat, with mostly a 2-2 and 3-2 count, Belt fouled off 16 pitches, mostly in the strike zone.
MLB has found its pace of play culprit pic.twitter.com/HhErGSmUUF— McCovey Chronicles (@McCoveyChron) April 22, 2018
At first, it seemed as though Belt was trying to get a feel for the young pitcher, Jaime Barría, making his second MLB start. Except it just kept going. To the amusement of the Giants dugout, and the consternation of the Angels.
Belt, who ended up having an all-around great day, also made history, with the most pitches ever in an at-bat. He surpassed the previous record of 20, held by Rickey Gutierrez and Bartolo Colon in 1998. (Colon is still playing, by the way).
Belt's at-bat set an MLB record for pitches in an at-bat, breaking previous mark of 20 pitches between Rickey Gutierrez and Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998.— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 22, 2018
Next time someone tells you Brandon Belt needs to swing more, you show them this at-bat and you shut them down.