Ninth-inning collapse pushes Rockies into the bad kind of MLB history

All the Colorado Rockies had to do to avoid occupying an unenviable place in the MLB history books was not allow five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Yet the Rockies now occupy an unenviable place in the MLB history books.

More specifically, the Rockies have trailed for at least part of all 29 of their games so far this season, breaking a tie with the 1910 St. Louis Browns for the longest such streak in history, per The Associated Press. Colorado currently holds a 7-22 record.

The last time the Rockies were either tied or ahead for an entire game was Sept. 26, 2023, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 30: Justin Lawrence #61 of the Colorado Rockies walks off the field after being pulled from the game against the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at loanDepot park on April 30, 2024 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
Justin Lawrence (front, right) couldn't finish off a streak-breaking shutout for the Rockies. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images) (Megan Briggs via Getty Images)

Tuesday's game might have been the most brutal way to fall behind. The Rockies began the game with a first-inning rally that scored five runs, capped by a three-run homer from Elehuris Montero. Colorado starting pitcher Ryan Feltner then took the ball and proceeded to throw eight innings of shutout baseball.

Then the bottom of the ninth arrived.

Feltner opened the inning by allowing three straight baserunners, with an RBI double by Luis Arraez ending his bid for a shutout. Justin Lawrence then came in for clean-up duty, which didn't go well. He allowed four straight baserunners and a game-tying sacrifice fly to push the game into extra innings.

The Rockies got another lead with a double from Ryan McMahon in the 10th inning, but a Bryan De La Cruz double and Dane Myers single put an end to the game in the bottom of the 10th.

Technically, the Rockies can say they never trailed during the game. Unfortunately, it still counts.

No one was expecting a good season for the Rockies after they went 59-103 in 2023 and made barely any notable moves last offseason, but it has been a rough start even by those standards.