Rockies set franchise record for most losses in a season, fall 4-3 to Cubs

The Rockies made the wrong kind of history Sunday afternoon.

With their 4-3 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Rockies lost for the 99th time, clinching the worst season in franchise history. The 2012 club held the previous dubious distinction, going 64-98.

And there is another historical footnote to add to Colorado’s dismal season. Sunday’s loss was their 10th straight on the road marking the third time this season that they’ve had posted a road losing streak of 10 games. That is the first time in baseball’s modern era that a team had three, 10-game road losing streaks in the same season.

Colorado finished 22-59 away from Coors Field (.278) for the second-lowest road winning percentage in franchise history behind the 2014 club’s .259 percentage (21-60).

With a youth movement in full swing after the Aug. 1 trade deadline, the Rockies knew they would struggle after the trade deadline, but losses such as Sunday’s are still a gut punch.

Following a recent trend, the Rockies built a lead and then lost it.

Rookie left fielder Nolan Jones hit a solo homer in the sixth to put the Rockies ahead, 3-1. It was Jones’ 18th homer, with 10 coming on the road.

But the Cubs finally got to starter Ty Blach in the bottom of the frame, with the deciding blow coming off the bat of Patrick Wisdom. Selya Suzuki led off with a double to right and Dansby Swanson singled to center. Yan Gomes’ sacrifice fly scored Suzuki before Wisdom crushed Blach’s 83 mph cutter 432 feet to left-center for a two-run homer and a 4-3 Cubs lead.

The Rockies have seven games remaining in the season — four against the Dodgers and three against the Twins — with all of them at Coors Field. The Rockies will almost certainly lose 100 games for the first time in their 31-year history.

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