The Milwaukee Brewers have scored 81 runs in the first inning this season, more than any team in baseball. That's not exactly a fluke. In fact, it's by design.
Travis Shaw hit a three-run drive in the opening frame and the Brewers went on to lengthen their surprising lead in the NL Central, topping the New York Yankees 5-3 Sunday.
"A lot of starters settle in after the first inning and we've kind of taken that same approach with every pitcher," Shaw said. "Try to jump on them early and grab the momentum and then work on it after that. We've been a really good first-inning team."
The Brewers have won nine of 11. At 50-41, manager Craig Counsell's...