Facing these relatively unfamiliar foes from Colorado, James Shields, Wade Davis, and Aaron Crow shut down the vaunted Rockies' offense. The three Royals hurlers combined to strike out 12 Rockies while not issuing a walk until the ninth, when Neifi Perez Troy Tulowitzki became the Rockies' first baserunner since the fourth inning on a one-out free pass issued by Aaron Crow.

Shields struck out eight Rockies while allowing five to reach on singles. Andres Galarraga Justin Morneau drove in the Rockies' first and only run in the fourth, plating Ellis Burks Tulowitzki in the one inning in which Shields got himself into any trouble whatsoever.

Shields's counterpart, Kevin Ritz Franklin Morales was not nearly as impressive. Every Royal who came to the plate tonight reached base at least once with the exception of Eric Hosmer. Morales walked four and allowed eight hits while striking out not a single Royal. Perhaps even more shockingly, two Royals hitters hung majestic dongs off of Neagle Morales offerings, with Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez pumping hot shots into the Royals' bullpen in left in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, while the dumbfounded crowd at Kauffman Stadium wondered what they had just seen each time.