White Sox Lindstrom has fond memories of time with Rockies

White Sox Lindstrom has fond memories of time with Rockies
April 9, 2014, 3:30 pm
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DENVER -- Matt Lindstrom wanted his stay with the Colorado Rockies to have been longer but he mostly has positive memories of the 2011 season.

At the time he was acquired, Lindstrom, who now lives in Arizona with his wife, had called Denver home for eight years. He trained locally in the offseason and has friends and family here. So when he heard he’d been acquired by the Rockies from the Houston Astros on Dec. 23, 2010, Lindstrom remembers he was pretty pumped.

“The coolest thing for me was that offseason phone call from my agent saying I’d been traded to the Rockies,” Lindstrom said. “I got to sleep in my own bed for a season. That kind of seemed a little surreal for me. I was excited.”

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Colorado didn’t live up to big expectations that season and finished fourth in the National League West. But Lindstrom experienced somewhat of a career revival with a 3.00 ERA in 63 games after he had ERAs of 5.89 and 4.39 the previous two seasons. He attributed it to better conditioning and a fresh start. That next offseason, however, Lindstrom and Jason Hammel were traded to the Baltimore Orioles for current Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.

“That was kind of tough because I hoped I’d pitch a few years here,” Lindstrom said. “But I’ve got nothing but good things to say about the organization, the guys over there.”

Rare performance

When Marcus Semien and Avisail Garcia rapped out four hits apiece on Tuesday they became the first pair of teammates 23 or younger to perform that feat in nearly 14 years, according to Stats, LLC.

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Prior to Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins’ Luis Rivas and Cristian Guzman were the last pair of 23 or younger players to have four or more hits in a game on Sept. 19, 2000. The last time White Sox players matched the effort was on April 20, 1980 when Harold Baines and Harry Chappas each finished with four.

Other notes 

-- Rule 5 catcher Adrian Nieto has a major league hit to his credit after Saturday’s two-base error was overturned and ruled a double by Major League Baseball’s Joe Torre. Nieto reached second on the fifth-inning ball that kicked off the glove of Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Nieto may have kept the ball just in case, a team official said.

-- Catcher Tyler Flowers’ 11 hits this season through the team’s first eight games matched his production in 20 April 2013 games.

-- White Sox manager Robin Ventura kept Dayan Viciedo’s hot bat in the lineup Wednesday even though a right-hander was on the mound. Ventura said Colorado’s Juan Nicasio can be tough on left-handers.

“Just because a guy is right-handed doesn’t mean it’s going to be (Alejandro De Aza) out there,” Ventura said. “We’ve had a few of those in the past few days. We get a lot of information and you look at it and figure out the best way to win.”