Two minor league pitchers from Juneau were impressive in their season debuts Sunday in the New York-Penn League, a short-season Class A minor league.
Chad Bentz threw four innings of two-hit ball, allowing just two hits and two walks before being relieved in the fifth inning as the Vermont Expos claimed a 4-1 victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones in the first game of a doubleheader in Burlington, Vt. The Expos won the second game 2-1 to improve to 6-0 on the season. The doubleheader games were Vermont's home openers.
"It's always better to pitch with the lead," Bentz told the Burlington Free Press after primarily relying on his fastball to shut down the Cyclones. "We're doing the basics right now. I finally got comfortable on the mound, kept the ball down and it worked really well."
Toby Staveland, who threw an inning of perfect relief on Tuesday, threw five scoreless innings but earned a no-decision as the Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers dropped a pair of 1-0 losses in a Sunday doubleheader against the undefeated Oneonta (N.Y.) Tigers.
Staveland, who is in his second season with the Atlanta Braves farm team, allowed two hits with three strikeouts and two walks in his first start of the season.