SEE IT: Mets' Luis Guillorme wins 22-pitch plate appearance vs. Cardinals' Jordan Hicks

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Scott Thompson
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It was just another spring training game when the Mets and Cardinals took the field on Sunday afternoon at Clover Park.

But, if this was a regular-season game, history would've been made in a certain Luis Guillorme plate appearance.

Facing Jordan Hicks, Guillorme saw 22 pitches -- no, that isn't a typo -- from the right-hander in an epic appearance at the plate that got both dugouts and the crowd riled up.

Guillorme was the eventual winner when Hicks' curveball hit the dirt and he walked to first base. The Mets' dugout went wild when it happened, too.

"I'm just happy I ended up with the walk," Guillorme said. "If I had gotten out, that would've been not fun for me. All that work for nothing."

And according to MLB's Sarah Lang, the longest plate appearance on record beginning pitch counts were first tracked in 1988 was Brandon Belt flying out on the 21st pitch from Jaime Barria on April 22, 2018.

"It's pretty cool," Guillorme said of the record. ". ... I've had a couple of long at-bats in my career, but I think nothing as long as that. Having the guys in the dugout just yelling all the time, just made it a little fun, made it a little easier to just stay in there and just keep battling."

"It was just such a great at-bat," Luis Rojas said after the game. "You have Hicks pitching there and he's throwing 100, 101 and throwing this short slider that's also tough to stay on, so what can you say? ... Never seen anything like it."

Spring training games don't count toward that record, but what a sequence it was between pitcher and hitter.

Guillorme is batting .333, has a .778 OPS, and has played strong defense at different spots of the infield for the Mets this spring.

Guillorme said he's "feeling pretty good" about his spring thus far.

"Both sides of the ball, I feel really comfortable," he said after the Mets' win over the Cardinals Sunday. "Maybe everything hasn't gone my way so far, still make a couple of adjustments here or there, but overall I feel really good right now."