Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barrios and San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a modern-day record in the first inning of Sunday’s game in Anaheim with a 21 pitch at-bat.
Brandon Belt initially fell behind in the count at 1-2 and continually fouled off pitch after pitch. The Giants’ first baseman had a full count on him following the ninth pitch of the at-bat and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right fielder Kole Calhoun. The at-bat was officially the longest at-bat on record in Major League history after lasting 21 pitches, 16 foul balls, 4 pickoff attempts, and taking a total time of 12 minutes and 45 seconds.
The result of the pitches from 1-21 was as follows: Foul, Ball, Swinging Strike, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Flyout.
The previous record for longest at-bat on record was held by the ageless wonder Bartolo Colon and Ricky Gutierrez on June 26th, 1998.
Jaime Barria was pulled in the top of the third inning (largely due to his 21-pitch battle with Brandon Belt) with the bases loaded and the game tied at 0-0. Noe Ramirez replaced Barria and got Buster Posey to ground into a double play that scored Joe Panik. Evan Longoria followed Posey with a 2-run home run to make the score 3-0 in San Francisco’s favor. Ramirez struck out Pablo Sandoval to send the Angels into the bottom of the 3rd.