About the only thing that could have made the Monday night more perfect for Texas would have been if former President George W. Bush would have come up with a foul ball that landed in the owner's seats in the sixth inning.
That catch would have completed a perfectly scripted night in which Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz homered in their return to the lineup, and Alexi Ogando shut out Chicago in a 4-0 Rangers' victory.
The buzz before the game was the return of both sluggers from the disabled list. They didn't disappoint, as Hamilton homered to right in the first to give the Rangers the only run they needed. Not to be outdone, Cruz made it a 3-0 Rangers lead in the sixth with a long homer to left.
That homer was like running up the score the way Ogando was pitching. In his ninth start, he allowed only five singles and struck out six in becoming the first Rangers pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout at Rangers Ballpark in more than three years.
It also left manager Ron Washington in a difficult situation when trying to pick his highlight after the game.
"All three of them," Washington said. "Ogando did an excellent job out there tonight controlling the bat heads of those guys because they can swing the bat. Cruz and Hamilton's presence was felt quickly."
The Hamilton-Cruz presence hadn't been in the lineup for the same time since April 12. Hamilton needed only two pitches to launch his first homer of the season off John Danks (0-7).
Cruz's homer came in the sixth, and traveled 401 feet. It marked the first time both players had homered in the same game since Aug. 13.
Hamilton, Cruz return to Rangers lineup with a bang
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | May 24