Milwaukee Brewers: Mike Cameron Was the Missing Ingredient

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst IApril 29, 2008

Well, Mike Cameron has finally played his first game for the Milwaukee Brewers. And what a debut it was. He was immediately inserted into the two-hole and Cameron responded by going three for five with a double, a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Cameron wasted no time getting back on track, belting a double to left off the ivy at Wrigley in the first inning. He later scored on a Prince Fielder sac fly.

In his next at bat, he beat out an infield single that he hit to the shortstop. After a Ryan Braun double that moved him to third, he was again driven in by Fielder via a sac fly.

When Cameron came up in the seventh the score was 7-4 in favor of Milwaukee. With a couple of runners on, Cameron singled in two runs and blew the game open at 9-4. Good thing too, because the Cubs scored three in the bottom of the seventh to bring it back to 9-7.

The Crew went on to win 10-7 and Eric Gagne notched his eighth save of the year.

Prior to Cameron's return, the Brewers started the season at 14-11. They are now 1-0 with Mike Cameron in the lineup.

Cameron knew his role when he was signed by Milwaukee in the winter. He was to come in and provide leadership, not only through his words, but also his actions. 

And since actions speak louder than words, Cameron may just become the leader that this team was looking for to guide, and perhaps inspire all the young talent on Milwaukee's roster.

Is this the type of production to expect from Mike Cameron every game? Probably not, but he is just another guy to jump-start this lineup. And when this lineup gets hot, look out National League.

What, don't believe me! Just go ask the Cubs.