Belt fouled off 11 consecutive pitches at one point during the 21-pitch marathon, which took almost 13 minutes, before flying out to right field. The previous high was 20, when Houston's Ricky Gutierrez struck out against Cleveland's Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, according to Retrosheet.
Barria threw 49 pitches in all in the first inning as the Giants loaded the bases, but he escaped without allowing a run. The at-bat took 12 minutes and 45 seconds. I was really exhausted after that.
Indeed, in his next at bat he forced Berria to throw eight pitches - fouling off four pitches with two strikes - before he singled.
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"If I'm in the field and somebody does it, I can't stand it", Belt said. Regardless of the end result that was fun to watch. Belt finished the game 3-5 with two runs scored in a 4-2 victory for the Giants.
Angels pitching coach Charles Nagy checked on Barria (1-1) after the long at-bat. In reality, since the at-bat unfolded, they looked to become even more resolute. Thirty-eight percent of his 77 pitches Sunday were to Belt. In his fourth at-bat, he hit the first pitch - a curveball from Jim Johnson - for a single and he flied out on a first-pitch slider in his final at-bat. "Like, this can't be happening", Maldonado said.
Johnny Cueto (2-0) took a no-hitter into the sixth and allowed only two hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings.