MILWAUKEE -- Statistics are used heavily in baseball, but they are defied when the game is actually played.
Brewers reliever Brandon Kintzler has dominated left-handed hitters all season long, entering Monday having allowed just 11 hits and a .147 batting average to lefties this year.
In the decisive top of the eighth inning Monday, St. Louis left-handed hitters got five hits off Kintzler, including four in a row to turn 5-4 deficit into an 8-5 victory.
"That's how crazy this game is, right?" Kintzler said. "You give up 11 hits to lefties all year and then you give up five.
"They had a good plan. Obviously, if (the pitches) are a little down they might be a ground ball. If they are a little up they go through. They had a good plan. Maybe next time we'll change our plan and see what happens."
Emerging as one of Milwaukee's best relievers this season, Kintzler had been unscored upon in 23 of his last 24 appearances and hasn't allowed a run in his last 20 13 innings. He was on his...