The Serra family takes Orioles fandom to the next level. For Tony and Colleen, it was love at first pitch. “I was the umpiring adult softball in Baltimore City and that’s when I first met Colleen,” Tony Serra said. “I was the umpire and she was the catcher on the team. So we met and fell in love and here we are XYZ amount of years later.”
Huge baseball fans, they’ve been to nearly every Orioles home opener together since 2010, even having their wedding reception at Camden Yards.
Adley Rutschman delivered a clutch at bat to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, and Ramón Urías provided Baltimore the lead for good with an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh. Félix Bautista worked around Aaron Judge with two outs in the ninth and earned the save by retiring Anthony Rizzo for the final out of the game.
The Orioles jumped out to an early lead with a pair of runs in the second. Gunnar Henderson got things started with a one-out single and moved up a base when Urías worked a walk.
Adam Frazier—Baltimore’s most significant free agent signing on the offensive side of the ball—drove in the first run of the year at Camden Yards. Frazier punched a single into right field that plated Henderson and advanced Urías to third.
Austin Hays followed with a grounder to second base. Gleyber Torres sped up in an effort to turn two but booted the ball in the process. Urías came around to score while both Frazier and Hays reached base safely. Jorge Mateo struck out swinging and Cedric Mullins bounced out to end the inning, but the Birds did not wait long to strike again.
Rutschman walked to start the third and quickly advanced on a double by Anthony Santander. Ryan Mountcastle drove a deep fly ball to center field that scored Rutschman without a throw. Santander remained at second after the sacrifice, but Henderson drove him in with a double to left-center field. The O’s led 4-0 after three innings of play.
Baltimore starter Dean Kremer walked a batter in each of the first two innings but managed to scatter base runners through the first three frames. Kremer produced a shutdown inning in the third after the Orioles took the lead, but faltered after the O’s secured the four run advantage.
Kremer picked up two quick outs in the fourth before allowing a single to Oswaldo Cabrera. The Orioles’ number two starter issued his third walk of the game to Jose Trevino but made his greatest mistake against a familiar face.
Before the first pitch, every member of the Orioles from the longest-tenured players to the veteran newcomers to the youngsters was excited for his pregame introduction and the jaunt from the center-field warning track, through the outfield grass and onto the infield dirt. Rutschman was especially looking forward to the moment after something that had happened that morning.
“I was driving on my way over here today and saw someone pull up next to me in their car as I was driving on the highway, and they had a 35 jersey on and they started smiling and waved over,” said Rutschman, who wears No. 35. “It got me excited.”
Rightfully so. Baltimore has shown a rejuvenated passion for the O’s coming off a breakthrough 2022 season and an offseason filled with high anticipation.
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