Result: The Quad Cities River Bandits lost their Class A Midwest League season finale, dropping a 6-1 decision to the hosting Beloit Snappers after being eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the weekend.|
How it happened: Starter Dail Villanueva gave up a Stephen Wickens two-run single in the bottom of the third that put the Snappers ahead 2-0, but the game got away when the Bandits' bullpen faltered.
On the mound: Villanueva pitched five innings on three hits and two runs and five strikeouts. He handed the ball to the bullpen in the sixth. Yunior Castillo gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning. Ethan Cole pitched the final 2.1 innings on one hit and three strikeouts.
At the plate: Shortstop Anthony Melchionda had a 3-for-4 day at the dish, raising his average to .288 on the season. One of his three hits was his eighth double. Gary Apelian scored the Bandits' lone run in the top of the fifth, moving around on David Medina's single and a throwing error from Snappers' first baseman Drew Leachman.
Worth noting: Quad Cities set a franchise record for at-bats in a single season with 4,714. They topped the former mark by 10 at-bats (4,704) that was set in 2005.
Up next: Having missed the Midwest League playoffs, the Bandits return to action in April 2013.
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