Molina has now matched or exceeded his career high for strikeouts in each of his last three starts. That streak began when he matched his then-career high of nine strikeouts in eight innings on Aug. 2 against Connecticut. He struck out 11 in six innings Saturday at Batavia before one-upping himself on Friday.
With the victory, Molina improved to 6-2 with a 1.58 ERA in 10 starts. The 19-year old has struck out 73 batters and walked 12 in 62 2/3 innings this season. He leads the New York-Penn League in strikeouts and WHIP (0.83) and ranks second in ERA.
The Cyclones got an offensive boost Friday from Michael Conforto, the Mets' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs. In 27 games, Conforto, the Mets' No. 4 prospect and No. 82 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects List, is hitting .320/.415/.440.