I'd like to see a study done of which team is more likely to lose:
Team A: Gives up 4-5 runs in the first inning and then shuts them out for the rest of the game.
Team B: Gives up 4-5 runs over the course of the game without giving up more than 1 run per inning.
If you think it's a no-brainer, then sorry to have wasted anyone's time.
Edit: It might be easier to find games in which team A is down by 4-5 runs after TWO innings and then shuts down the opponent.