PHILADELPHIA — Not even a fire alarm could slow down Chris Sale.
The Red Sox ace was warming up for the fifth inning when an alarm went off at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night. Warning lights flashed in the stadium and a message displayed on the screen for fans to exit the stadium and use the elevator.
But no one seemed, well, alarmed. With the advisory playing audibly on loop, Sale started pitching to Daniel Nava.
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"Yeah even the umpires asked, is this going to be alright?" Sale said. "I was like, 'Yeah, it’s just another noise going on in the stadium.' Once you get locked in those kind of things just drown themselves out. That was interesting."
The crowd — likely as confused as those in the press box were — cheered when the alarm was finally stopped. An announcement was made to the stadium apologizing for the interruption.
No one seems to be paying attention pic.twitter.com/hgwaazSyh0— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) June 16, 2017
"Ladies and gentlemen we apologize for the false alarm" they just said. pic.twitter.com/LpVLnHhjAq— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) June 16, 2017
The Red Sox and Phillies were scoreless at the time, and the Sox lost 1-0. Sale's eighth-inning double, his first career extra-base hit, set up the Sox well but they couldn't capitalize.
"I think all pitchers like to hit and a small part of all hitters likes pitching too," Sale said. "We don’t get to do it very often, so, it’s fun to go up there and mess around a little bit. Would’ve liked to get the win. Trade it in."