During this year's streak, Belt's batting average rose from .262 to .311. He also hiked his total of walks to 31, the Majors' fourth-highest figure entering Thursday. His .429 on-base percentage ranked sixth in the big leagues.
"I didn't really know about it until probably four or five days ago," Belt said Thursday. "I knew I had done a good job of seeing the ball well, taking my walks and getting on base. I just didn't know that there was a streak attached to it. That's probably why I did have that streak, because I wasn't trying to do something. I was just letting it come naturally."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy praised Belt's productivity.
"He has made a lot of improvement with his pitch selection," Bochy said. "He could be a leadoff hitter, the way he's getting on base."
Bochy observed that Belt's efficiency often goes unappreciated by umpires. Bochy explained that Belt has a knack for quickly checking his swing. But he does it so rapidly that he's often deemed to have swung through a pitch.
"He gets penalized sometimes," Bochy said.
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.