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Suter optioned to make room for Garza

Righty pitches scoreless inning, picks off baserunner in game Sunday
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MILWAUKEE -- Brent Suter's latest stint in the big leagues was capped by a new career-high for crowd noise.

Suter, sent back to Triple-A Colorado Springs after the Brewers' 6-4 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, worked a scoreless seventh inning that ended with Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter and manager Mike Matheny drawing ejections from plate umpire John Tumpane.

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MILWAUKEE -- Brent Suter's latest stint in the big leagues was capped by a new career-high for crowd noise.

Suter, sent back to Triple-A Colorado Springs after the Brewers' 6-4 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, worked a scoreless seventh inning that ended with Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter and manager Mike Matheny drawing ejections from plate umpire John Tumpane.

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"Some fireworks there," said Suter.

He was optioned out because the Brewers needed a roster spot for Matt Garza's return from the 10-day disabled list. Garza, who missed the start of the season because of a right groin strain, is scheduled to start on Monday night against the Reds at Miller Park.

Suter saw the move coming. The season is three weeks old, and he has already been up and down twice as the Brewers adjust their 25-man roster needs.

"I'm just never going to unpack my bags all year," Suter said. "You have to take perspective. I'm flipping between Triple-A and the big leagues. I'm still playing baseball, still have a great opportunity."

His earlier demotion was tougher, since it came in the wake of a four-run inning against the Cubs on April 8. This time, Suter pitched nearly flawlessly, logging three important scoreless innings on Friday before working a scoreless seventh on Sunday afternoon.

Pitching with the Brewers in a 4-2 deficit, Suter walked Aledmys Diaz with one out but picked him off first base on the second of two attempts. Suter then fell behind Carpenter, 3-1, before getting a pair of called strikes from Tumpane on the inside corner, the first with a changeup high and tight, and the second with a slider low in the zone.

Carpenter immediately protested, throwing down his bat and earning an ejection. When Matheny came out to argue, he was ejected as well.

Video: STL@MIL: Carpenter and Matheny get ejected in the 7th

"It was more the pitch that sent him to 3-2 than the one that was strike three," Matheny said. "We always want our guys to get past the one bad call but the next one in his mind was borderline."

Suter said he'd never pitched an inning that ended so loud, as Brewers fans reacted to their rivals' ejections.

"Carpenter has one of the best eyes in the league, so it he was upset, it was definitely borderline, if not out of the zone," Suter said. "My control was a little off today."

By the way, Suter was serious about not unpacking his bags.

"I have a big league suitcase with all I need," he said. "Big league pants, 'good enough' underwear, 'good enough' socks. I'm never unpacking it."

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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