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How the Giants' Brandon Belt set a record in the batter's box without getting a hit

The Giants' Brandon Belt, right, reacts after hitting a foul ball during the first inning Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. He hit 16 foul balls in the at-bat and saw a record 21 pitches before flying out.
The Giants' Brandon Belt, right, reacts after hitting a foul ball during the first inning Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. He hit 16 foul balls in the at-bat and saw a record 21 pitches before flying out. The Associated Press

Brandon Belt had a record at-bat Sunday despite not getting a hit or even reaching base.

The Giants' first baseman saw 21 pitches from the Los Angeles Angels' Jaime Barria in the first inning. Belt flied out to right.

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"I wasn't going to give it up and the pitcher wasn't either," Belt told The Associated Press after the Giants' 4-2 victory. "It made for a good battle."

The number of pitches in a single at-bat breaks the modern-day mark held by the Houston Astros' Ricky Gutierrez, who saw 20 in 1988 from the Cleveland Indians' Bartolo Colon. Now with the Texas Rangers, Colon is the oldest active player in the majors at 44 years old.

Belt hit 16 foul balls, including 11 in a row just before lining out to Kole Calhoun. Casey Pratt of ABC Bay Area reports the at-bat lasted more than 13 minutes.

"If it helped get me a little bit locked in for later in the game, it was worth it," Belt said.

He went 3 for 5 and scored two runs Sunday. In the fifth inning, he became the first Giant since 2013 to hit a home run in four consecutive games, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, as he hit a solo shot to right off Blake Parker.

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