Prospect Watch: KJ Franklin flirts with a cycle Doug Gray July 31, 2014 3 Comments Michael Lorenzen threw 5.0 shutout innings for Pensacola last night, needing just 66 pitches to make it happen. Since skipping two starts, Lorenzen has seemingly had his pitch count lowered some, throwing just 73, 73 and 66 pitches over the three starts since returning. He lowered his ERA to 2.57 on the season and is now sitting at 101.2 innings pitched on the year. On a normal schedule, if he stays in the 4.0-5.0 innings per start range moving forward, it should put him right at his innings limit for the season if he pitches through the end of the year. While the bullpen couldn’t do much to hold the tie after Daniel Wright left the game for Bakersfield last night, the right hander put together another strong start for the Blaze. He fired 6.0 innings with just one run allowed, no walks and he struck out six batters. He’s been a hurt by the longball in the California League so far, but his walk and strikeout rates have been fantastic. He’s thrown 69.1 innings for Bakersfield and walked just 10 batters while striking out 65. Just coming off of the disabled list, Jon Matthews had a good night, going 3-4 with a double and an RBI. He’s seen limited action this year, spending about five weeks on the disabled list that covered two different stints. The outfielder has made his time on the field count though, hitting .337/.418/.417 with Bakersfield and Dayton this season. He has 23 walks, 36 steals and has 17 stolen bases despite playing in just 51 games. Following back-to-back starts where he struggled, allowing 10 runs in 10.1 innings, Nick Travieso has allowed just one earned run over his last three starts. Last night he didn’t allow a single earned run over 6.0 innings. In those last three starts he has tossed 17.0 innings, posting an ERA of 0.53. KJ Franklin was threatening for the cycle after five innings in Helena last night, but he fell a triple short as he went 3-5 with a double and a home run. He’s caught fire over the past three games, going 6-13 with two doubles, a triple and a home run. Another Billings Mustangs player had a big night at the plate as Argenis Aldazoro went 3-4 with three doubles in the game. After a slow start to the season he has really picked things up in July, hitting .343/.392/.567, but it’s been even better over his last 10 games where he has a .382/.463/.647 line with six walks, two strikeouts and five steals. He’s about as locked in as it gets. 3 Responses Scott R July 31, 2014 Great rundown Doug – just give Matthews a look again. That’s a lot of stolen bases. herbie July 31, 2014 That’s the thing with flirting, getting to 3rd base is always the hardest part. Mbushskbum July 31, 2014 We have watched Franklin play 6 games this year. He is fun to watch, has fun playing the game, but so far has struggled mightily to make contact with breaking ball. Rooting for him big time.