Beard had only 21 innings of ML experience when he saved the deciding game of the
1981 AL Western Division playoff against the Royals. In the LCS, he retired two batters
and surrendered a three-run home run to the Yankees' Lou Piniella. Beard led Oakland
in saves in 1982 and 1983 with 11 and 10, then was traded to Seattle with catcher
Bob Kearney for ace reliever Bill Caudill. He had a 5.80 ERA in 43 appearances for
the Mariners in 1984, while Caudill saved 36 games for Oakland.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 3, 1983: The Rangers explode for 12 runs in the 15th inning of a 16–4 win over the A's, setting a new major-league record for runs in a single extra inning. Reserve Bobby Jones has five hits in the game, including two doubles in the 15th. Dave Beard is the loser for Oakland, while Odell Jones is the victor.