Cardinals fans upset after fire alarm disrupts no-hit bid

July 25, 2018
AP Photo/John Minchillo
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Austin Gomber throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Cincinnati.

St. Louis Cardinals fans threw a fit Tuesday on Twitter when a fire alarm at Great American Ball Park interrupted Austin Gomber’s no-hit bid at Great American Ball Park.

For the second night in a row, a Cardinals pitcher held the Reds hitless through six innings. Daniel Poncedeleon threw seven scoreless innings Monday before Phillip Ervin broke up the no-hitter in the eighth in a game the Reds won 2-1.

Joey Votto ended Gomber’s no-hitter with one out on the seventh, though the Reds still lost 4-2 in 11 innings when Dexter Fowler hit a two-run home run against Amir Garrett.

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In the middle of the seventh, the game was delayed 7½ minutes as a fire alarm shrieked throughout the stadium. Cardinals fans immediately sensed a conspiracy.

“Coincidence? I think not,” wrote one fan.

“If you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying,” wrote another.

“You are all a bunch of classless bums,” was one fan’s response.

Those were the nicer comments. The Reds released a statement about the alarm later: “We have determined the fire alarm was caused by a malfunction in one of the detector units.”

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The Reds trailed 2-0 before the alarm and tied it soon after the alarm was silenced. Eugenio Suarez followed Votto’s single with a two-run home run. Suarez wasn’t sure if the alarm bothered Gomber.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen that in my life,” Suarez told reporters. “It was crazy.”

Here are some more reactions to the fire alarm: