Twins-Yankees: Twins Top Yankees, New York's Struggles Continue

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IAugust 11, 2008

The New York Yankees' offense took the night off Monday, getting shutout by the Minnesota Twins and losing 4-0.

Sidney Ponson pitched for the Yankees. He went 7.2 innings, allowed four earned runs on seven hits, walked two, and struck out two.

Glen Perkins started for Minnesota, and he was dealing. Perkins lasted eight innings, gave up no runs on four hits, walked three, and struck out four.

The Yankees missed a golden opportunity to get a lead in the bottom of the second. With runners on the corners and none out, Ivan Rodriguez popped out. The next batter was Melky Cabrera, and he grounded into an inning-ending, 6-4-3 double play.

The Twins got their first two runs of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Shortstop Adam Everett connected for only his second home run of the year, a two-run blast to put the Twins up, 2-0.

The Twins were kept off the board until the bottom of the sixth, when Denard Span scored on a sacrifice fly and RBI from catcher Joe Mauer, and the Twins then led by three.

The Twins tacked on one more run in the bottom of the eighth inning. With Mauer and Span on first and second base, respectively, they were off and running on a 3-2 pitch to Justin Morneau.

Morneau hit an infield single to score Span, and put the Twin Cities up 4-0.

Joe Nathan came into the game in the ninth and struck out Bobby Abreu, Alex Rodriguez, and Xavier Nady to end the game.

Perkins picked up the win and is now 9-3 overall.

Ponson takes the loss and falls to 7-3.

Tonight marks the eighth time this season the Yankees have been shutout. They also left an unacceptable five runners on base.

In another questionable decision by Yankee skipper Joe Girardi, Johnny Damon, who is currently batting .322, did not play at all tonight, not even to pinch-hit. Justin Christian played left field and went 0-4.

"Christian has had success off left-handers, and that is why he played," said Girardi after the game.

The Yankees will attempt to end this four-game losing skid tomorrow night at 8:10 ET in game two of the this three-game series from Minnesota.

Mike Mussina (15-7, 3.27 ERA) will try to get the Yankees back on track. He will be opposed by nine-game winner Nick Blackburn (9-6, 3.60 ERA).