Game #3 and Oriole Park at Camden Yards Review
Updated: Oct 14, 2022
This was the 2nd home game for the Baltimore Orioles for the 2022 Season with the Orioles winning their Home Opener against the Milwaukee Brewers. This was the 2nd game in the 3 games series versus the Milwaukee Brewers.
Since we were so close to our Daughter, we borrowed their car and went to the game. We purchased a $10 parking pass to park in one of their lots. It was a short walk to the stadium from where we parked.
Our seats were in the 200 club level. Entering the stadium was really easy and fast. Most of the fans enter through the Eutaw Street entrances on each side. Once on Eutaw Street we went to see where Ken Griffey Jr his the warehouse during the Home Run Derby in 1993.
One thing that we did notice at Oriole Park is that they have little convenience stores. These stores have drinks, chips and candy in them...plus some apparel. These stores make it easy to just get a few things instead of having to wait in the food lines. The main concourse had plenty of food options. On the field side of the main concourse was all their food options, Hot Dogs, Pizza, Chicken, Seafood (Crab Cakes). On the other side of the concourse was all their specialty booths, like Lemonade, dipping dots, funnel cakes, cotton candy, etc. We were on the 200 level or club level and there was hardly any food available. The 200 level is their suites and club level seating. Since the suites have food in them I guess they are thinking there is not much need for food options there. So we had to go back down to the main level to get food.
We went down and got chicken tenders and fries plus a coke and a hot dog and fries. So.....they do not have any dipping sauces for the tenders except ketchup. No ranch plus they had no mustard for the hot dog. All the food was sitting under a heat lamp and the fries were cold. Purchased a souvenir cup because we were told that it was refillable......went to have it refilled later and told that was not the case. Orioles got a few extra dollars out of us for that. The best food in the park is at Boog's BBQ, which is out on Eutaw Street in the Right Field area. Our seats were very good, down the third base line. Nice views of the entire stadium.
This was our third game and the home team has lost all 3 games. The Orioles lost because of too many errors and because of upper team management. In the first inning with the Brewers batting, Willy Adames singled to center. Once on first he attempted to steal 2nd before the pitch. The Orioles pitcher, Spenser Watkins, threw to 2nd to get the runner and the shortstop dropped the ball on an easy tag out play. Adames and Yelich ended up scoring on a double by McCutchen in that same inning. Instead of 1-0 in the first the Brewers scored 2.
The Orioles took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd with Cedric Mullins hitting a Grand Slam to Right Center after 2 walks and a HBP. The Orioles took a 4-2 lead heading into the 3rd where another costly error allowed 2 additional runs to score to tied the game at 4.
With 2 outs in the bottom of the 3rd, Adames hit a bouncer to the shortstop side of the mound which was fielded by the pitcher, Watkins. Watkins just needed an out to get out of the inning, ended up bouncing the throw to first base and Adames was safe and allowing a run to score. The next hitter got a hit and Adames scored to tie it up.
How did upper management also cost the Orioles the game? By moving the left field fences back 26 feet. In the bottom of the 3rd, Trey Mancini hit a long fly ball into the left field corner that would of been a home run in previous years.
The Brewers got a run in the 7th off a double by Adames and then a single by McCutchen. The Orioles didn't really have any chances until the bottom of the 8th. After a single and 2 walks loading the bases with no outs, the next 3 hitters all struck out swinging. The Orioles got a leadoff double in the 9th but were unable to move the runner up. Orioles lost 5-4.
On the club level we past their trophy case as we exited. Their 2 World Series trophies, 1970 and 1983, several Gold Gloves, and MVP and Cy Young award plaques.