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10/11/05 2:10 AM ET

'We showed a lot of character'

Angels overcome obstacles to eliminate Yankees

ANAHEIM -- I didn't feel good about the way this one started.

We had our best pitcher out there on the mound and Bart (Bartolo Colon) went down. I think a lot of our spirits kind of went down with him momentarily, but the great thing about this team is the fact we don't get down and we pick each other up.

Ervin Santana came in and was just tremendous; he was phenomenal. He warmed up for barely five minutes and, even after he walked a couple of guys and they scored some runs, he didn't buckle under the pressure. That was his best outing of the year. He has been on the mound for us in some big games this season and it is impressive.

He has shown so much poise this year; it's just amazing that he's a rookie. But with so many starts under his belt this year I think he kind of knows what to expect.

Our confidence really took a boost tonight. The offense came up with some more big hits and we're starting to drive the ball more. Garret (Anderson) hit another homer and Adam (Kennedy) hit that triple. It's also nice that we're getting contributions from so many people. Again that is the beauty of this team. So many guys are capable of stepping up.

I'm ready to go tomorrow in Chicago. I wasn't really happy with my outing last Friday in New York. I really felt I let the team down and made us use the bullpen too early. I don't feel that I threw my best pitches.

The White Sox are playing really well and they have a lot of momentum. I'm hoping they've cooled off over the last few days. I know they're rested, but maybe we'll be able to come in with an edge.

I just have to approach it one hitter at a time and I think we all do in this series. They've got some great hitters over there but I can't just worry about Paul Konerko because they have a lot of guys that can beat you. They pitch well and they can play defense.

But we're hot and I think we've got some momentum going into this series even though we've been through a lot over the last couple of days in the Yankees series.

I think we showed a lot of character in this series. We could have been down after yesterday's loss and flying all the way across the country. But we didn't and I believe that shows the character of our ballclub.

Paul Byrd's journal appears as told to MLB.com reporter Mike Scarr. Byrd's journal will appear regularly while the Angels are in the playoffs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.