ANAHEIM—The weather was perfect, the scenery beautiful and the hotel pool was heated.
But after being swept away in California for the second time in two weeks, the White Sox can honestly say, "Wish we weren't here."
Troy Glaus' RBI single off Keith Foulke with two outs in the ninth inning gave the Angels a 5-4 victory Sunday and sent the Sox to their fourth straight loss.
"This loss was probably as hard as [Friday's 19-0 and Saturday's 6-3 losses]," Tony Graffanino said. "Maybe even worse. At least we felt like we were in this game. We came back a couple of times and felt we had a chance to win it. The other ones we didn't feel like we were in the game at all. We've got a day off, which is probably good, so we can forget about it. It's another weekend in California we need to forget about."
Though Graffanino's solo homer in the seventh tied the game 3-3, and Magglio Ordonez's pinch homer tied it again in the eighth, Foulke's struggles spoiled the comebacks.
After hitting David Eckstein and watching him steal second, Foulke was instructed to intentionally walk Darin Erstad to face Glaus. Manager Jerry Manuel reasoned that Erstad was a high fastball hitter. Glaus then singled on a Foulke fastball, bringing home Eckstein to seal the sweep.
"I pitched like [garbage]," Foulke said.
The Sox had put the go-ahead run on second with one out in the ninth when Angels closer Troy Percival struck out Frank Thomas with a 95 m.p.h. fastball on a 3-2 pitch.
"Seven straight balls," Thomas said. "Swinging out of the zone. He wasn't giving in. I wasn't going to give in. He throws too hard to take a walk, but I thought he'd come in the strike zone at 3-2. He was riding the fastball up on me, as usual."
After Paul Konerko was intentionally walked, Carlos Lee flied out to end the threat.
"We had a shot in the ninth there," Manuel said. "We just didn't get it done."
Manuel said he plans to give Graffanino more playing time, which could mean Jose Valentin moves over to short on occasion to spell Royce Clayton, or Ray Durham gives up some starts at second. If Durham sits, that could be an indication the Sox are looking to deal the soon-to-be free agent for starting pitching.
"I know what my role is," Graffanino said. "[Manuel] just saying that makes me feel good. It's awesome. But there are guys out there who are great players, and they should be playing."
The Sox are 0-6 in California this year and 1-14 in California since 2001.
"It's exactly like that Oakland series," Thomas said. "We just don't get it. None of us do. [Swept] twice in a row on the West Coast. I don't think those teams are playing that much better than us. We're just not getting it done. Nobody. We play this well and then stink it up three games in a row, twice in two weeks. We put ourselves back in a hole, especially with Minnesota losing all three [to New York]."