Gonzalez sets career Isotopes pitching mark

Nelson Gonzalez, center, celebrates with general manager John Traub, left, and manager Warren Schaeffer upon becoming the Albuquerque Isotopes’ franchise leader in career pitching appearances on Thursday night at Isotopes Park. (Courtesy Albuquerque Isotopes)

Albuquerque Isotopes right-handed pitcher Nelson Gonzalez made his 133rd appearance in an Albuquerque uniform in the first game of Thursday night’s home doubleheader, passing Ross Wolf as the franchise’s all-time leader in games pitched.

The Isotopes won the game 7-6 on a walkoff home run by Elehuris Montero. The game began on July 6 and was suspended by weather.

The team commemorated Gonzalez’s achievement with a ceremony between games. He also worked in the second game.

Gonzalez pitched the fifth inning of his team’s victory over El Paso, allowing a run and also striking out a pair of batters.

He has pitched for the Isotopes in parts of all six seasons during their affiliation with the Colorado Rockies and was Albuquerque’s Pitcher of the Year in 2015.

He spoke with the Journal earlier this month about how much the award meant to him.

Topes on Friday

Friday: vs. El Paso. 5:05 p.m., 610 AM/95.9 FM, abqisotopes.com

Promotion: Orbit bobbleheads

Probables: Chihuahuas RHP Caleb Boushley (3-7, 5.50) vs. Isotopes RHP Derek Rodriguez (3-5, 7.79)

Thursday: El Paso broke open the regularly scheduled game with five runs in the fifth inning en route to an 8-5 triumph in seven innings. Albuquerque’s Alan Trejo had a triple and homer.

Earlier, in the completion of a game that was suspended July 6, Elehuris Montero hit a walk-off homer to lift Albuquerque over El Paso 7-6, also in seven innings.

Box score: El Paso 8, Albuquerque 5

Standings: Triple-A West

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