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Quick-working Suter to stick around in rotation

Brewers want to see more of southpaw, who's impressed in place of injured Anderson
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NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge's feet remained planted in place as he battled Brent Suter for a 10-pitch walk. This was Major League Baseball's home run leader fighting his way through an uncomfortable plate appearance against a quick-working, soft-tossing southpaw from Harvard who did not touch 90 mph with any of his 93 pitches on Saturday.

The Brewers want to see more. Suter will remain in Milwaukee's starting rotation after the All-Star break, manager Craig Counsell said after Corey Knebel's blown save cost Suter a victory in a 5-3 loss at Yankee Stadium.

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NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge's feet remained planted in place as he battled Brent Suter for a 10-pitch walk. This was Major League Baseball's home run leader fighting his way through an uncomfortable plate appearance against a quick-working, soft-tossing southpaw from Harvard who did not touch 90 mph with any of his 93 pitches on Saturday.

The Brewers want to see more. Suter will remain in Milwaukee's starting rotation after the All-Star break, manager Craig Counsell said after Corey Knebel's blown save cost Suter a victory in a 5-3 loss at Yankee Stadium.

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"Brent was outstanding. He pitched wonderfully," Counsell said. "It was fun to see, and it's really important moving forward that we found a guy who can fill in in that spot and do a nice job. There's going to be quite a few starts in that spot."

Video: MIL@NYY: Suter works fast, Judge sets up quickly

It was Suter's second start in the spot vacated by injured right-hander Chase Anderson, whose strained left oblique will keep him on the disabled list for at least another month -- and likely longer. In those two outings, Suter has surrendered two earned runs in 12 1/3 innings. He has a 2.96 ERA in 10 outings (three starts) in five stints with the Brewers.

You read that correctly. Suter has already been back and forth between Triple-A Colorado Springs and the Majors five times in 2017.

Against the Yankees, Suter did not allow a hit until Clint Frazier's two-out single in the fifth inning, and he did not allow a run until his own throwing error contributed to New York's two-run seventh.

"He gets you out of your comfort level, and that's why you have to call time on him," Frazier said, "or do what Judge was doing to counteract what he did. Just stay in the batter's box. Let him know that you're not going to be thrown off by what he's doing."

Judge took a called strike three from Suter in the first inning, so he tried a different tactic when the two met again in the fourth. Judge kept both feet so firmly in place that he was in a hitting position before catcher Stephen Vogt could return the baseball to the mound.

"You know what? I think [Joey] Votto did that with me last year. I can't remember anyone else," Suter said. "Sometimes guys just stay in the box. I like it. They're ready to go, I'm ready to go."

"That was a very impressive at-bat on both of their ends," said Vogt. "Brent didn't give in, and Judge didn't chase. Tip your hat to Judge on that one. You can't get comfortable when a guy is working that quick."

That even goes for the catcher.

"I was having trouble keeping up with him," Vogt said. "He was definitely getting in their head."

In the seventh, Suter regretted "not putting the brakes on a little bit." A one-out double followed by a single put runners at the corners before Suter's pickoff attempt flew wide of first baseman Eric Thames to make it 3-1. Frazier followed with a run-scoring triple to make it a one-run game.

Video: MIL@NYY: Headley crosses the dish on pickoff attempt

"It was kind of a sour note to end on," Suter said. "That's just a terrible job by me [on the pickoff]. I did a good job of moving on from that mentally. I just didn't get the pitch in on Frazier enough."

He will get more chances.

"That's great news," Suter said. "Opportunity is big, and you have to do your best to take advantage of it and stick around."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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