The Royals raced out to an early lead in the American League Championship Series with a 5-0 victory over the Blue Jays in Game 1 at Kauffman Stadium on Friday night, thanks in part to a dominant team pitching performance.
The win extended the Royals' lengthy ALCS winning streak, which now spans three decades, while multiple players set their sights on the franchise record books in the process. On the other side, the Blue Jays suffered a rare shutout and now find themselves trying to beat the odds by rallying to win the series after losing Game 1.
• Edinson Volquez became the first Royals pitcher in postseason history to toss at least six scoreless innings while allowing no more than two hits. As for Volquez personally, not only had he been unable to complete the sixth inning in any of his previous three postseason starts, but he had allowed at least three runs in each of those three outings before his scoreless performance on Friday night.
• Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain moved closer to a franchise record of his own, extending his postseason hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI single in the third inning. The only Royals player with a longer postseason hitting streak is Amos Otis, who recorded at least one hit in 11 straight postseason games from 1978-80.
• Overall, Cain's hitting streak is just the 75th to reach double digits in postseason history. The longest postseason hitting streak all-time is 17 games, a mark reached by Hank Bauer, Manny Ramirez and Derek Jeter.
• Circling back to Kansas City's pitching, the Royals became just the 10th team in postseason history to allow no more than three hits in back-to-back games. The Royals held the Astros to just two hits in their Game 5 victory in the AL Division Series before limiting the Blue Jays to only three hits in Friday's series opener.
• Prior to that Game 5 performance in the ALDS, the Royals had limited their opponent to three hits or fewer just twice in the franchise's first 62 postseason games before now doing so twice in as many as postseason games since.
• Each of Toronto's three hits, meanwhile, were singles, marking the first time since July 9 that the Blue Jays went an entire game without at least one extra-base hit. That ends a streak of 79 consecutive games, including the postseason, in which Toronto had at least one extra-base hit.
• The Blue Jays were shut out only five times during the regular season, the fewest by any team in the Majors. They were also shut out only once following the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, which came in a 5-0 loss to the Yankees on Sept. 13.
• This is only the third time the Blue Jays have been shut out in a playoff game -- and two of those three occurrences have come at the hands of the Royals. Kansas City also blanked Toronto with a 2-0 victory in Game 5 of the 1985 ALCS. The Blue Jays' only other scoreless postseason game came in a 2-0 loss against the Phillies in Game 5 of the 1993 World Series.
• The Royals have now won eight straight ALCS games overall, the second-longest streak all-time in LCS play. The only team to win more consecutive LCS games is the Orioles, who won 10 straight from 1969-73. Kansas City's eight straight victories are the result of winning three straight games to close out the 1985 ALCS -- also against the Blue Jays -- then sweeping the O's in the 2014 ALCS and taking Game 1 on Friday night.
• Since the LCS became a best-of-seven series in 1985, the team that wins Game 1 has gone on to win the series 62 percent of the time (36 out of 58).
Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.