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Here are the longest MLB at-bats on record

Belt's 21-pitch battle with Barria takes over top spot
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Giants first baseman Brandon Belt made history Sunday, working a 21-pitch at-bat during San Francisco's 4-2 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Belt hit 16 foul balls in the first-inning at-bat against Jaime Barria that ended in a fly ball to right field.

Belt's 21-pitch at-bat is now the longest on record since 1988, as far back as the data is available. Below is a look at the other at-bats near the top of the list:

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt made history Sunday, working a 21-pitch at-bat during San Francisco's 4-2 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Belt hit 16 foul balls in the first-inning at-bat against Jaime Barria that ended in a fly ball to right field.

Belt's 21-pitch at-bat is now the longest on record since 1988, as far back as the data is available. Below is a look at the other at-bats near the top of the list:

1. Brandon Belt, 1B SF vs. Jaime Barria, RHP, LAA
April 22, 2018: 21 pitches, flyout

2. Ricky Gutierrez, SS, HOU vs. Bartolo Colon, RHP, CLE
June 26, 1998: 20 pitches, strikeout swinging
Gutierrez and Colon combined for the previous record in a marathon at-bat to lead off the top of the eighth. Colon won, getting Gutierrez to strike out swinging, and then retired the Astros in order to complete his eight-inning outing in the Tribe's 4-2 win.

Video: HOU@CLE: Colon K's Gutierrez in 20-pitch at-bat

3. Kevin Bass, RF, HOU vs. Steve Bedrosian, RHP, PHI
July 23, 1988: 19 pitches, flyout
Bedrosian blew a two-run lead in his eighth-inning relief appearance, but ended the Astros' rally by retiring Bass after a 19-pitch battle. The Astros went on to win in walk-off fashion on a wild pitch.

4-T. Brian Downing, DH, CAL vs. Ken Patterson, LHP, CWS
Sept. 1, 1990: 18 pitches, lineout
Downing led off the bottom of the ninth inning as his California Angels looked to overcome a four-run deficit against the White Sox. Downing put up a valiant effort, working an 18-pitch at-bat against Patterson, but lined out in the 9-5 defeat.

4-T. Bip Roberts, LF, KC vs. Felipe Lira, RHP, DET
May 18, 1997: 18 pitches, groundout
Roberts ran up Lira's pitch count early with 18 pitches in his first-inning at-bat. At 14 pitches, his teammate Tom Goodwin stole second base, giving the Royals a runner in scoring position.

4-T. Alex Cora, 2B, LAD vs. Matt Clement, RHP, CHC
May 12, 2004: 18 pitches, home run
Cora punctuated an 18-pitch battle with Clement with a two-run homer in the Dodgers' bullpen that stretched the Dodgers' lead to 4-0 in the victory over the Cubs. The 18 pitches in that at-bat were more than Clement had thrown in any inning but the third.

Video: CHC@LAD: Alex Cora wins 18-pitch battle with a homer

4-T. Adam Kennedy, 2B, ANA vs. Luis Vizcaino, RHP, MIL
June 10, 2004: 18 pitches, walk
Kennedy worked an 18-pitch walk to load the bases against Vizcaino, who had just entered the game with runners at second and third. Vizcaino retired his next two batters to escape the jam, but the Anaheim Angels held on to win, 5-4.

4-T. Marcus Semien, SS, OAK vs. Doug Fister, RHP, HOU
June 3, 2016: 18 pitches, groundout
Semien ran up Fister's pitch count with an 18-pitch groundout in the second inning. He also drew a walk in the fifth and launched a leadoff homer in the seventh for the A's first run in the 12-2 loss to the Astros.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.