At long last, Dodgers' Lindsey gets MLB at-bat

At long last, Dodgers' Lindsey gets MLB at-bat

HOUSTON -- This time, the Dodgers' John Lindsey got his at-bat in the Major Leagues on Thursday.

Lindsey made his Major League debut on Wednesday at San Diego after 16 years and 1,571 games in the Minors but didn't get to the plate. After pinch-hitting for Scott Podsednik, Dodgers manager Joe Torre replaced the right-handed-hitting Lindsey with pinch-hitter Andre Ethier.

On Thursday, Lindsey, 33, led off the top of the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter and remained the pinch-hitter for Dodgers starter Ted Lilly, the losing pitcher in the Dodgers' 3-2 defeat against the Astros. The first pitch he saw from Astros left-handed reliever Gustavo Chacin was a ball. He fouled off the second pitch before flying out to right-center on the third pitch.

"I got a little antsy on deck," said a joyous Lindsey, who is expected to be in the starting lineup on Saturday against Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. "But I tried to take deep breaths and keep my heart rate down. But when I got in the batter's box, it was just like normal. This is what you do."

Lindsey had family from Mississippi attend the game, including his 3-year-old son. Lindsey left 13 tickets for relatives and friends.

"It's an awesome feeling," Lindsey said. "My little boy getting to see his dad out there."

Chacin's final pitch to Lindsey was a fastball.

"It was a good one to hit, and I just got under it just a little," Lindsey said.