Fuld provides bright spot with stellar defense
Outfielder throws out Tulowitzki, makes nice diving grab
TORONTO -- In an otherwise ugly game for the A's, who watched the Blue Jays script their 10th consecutive victory by a 10-3 margin on Wednesday, Sam Fuld often made it worth watching.
Playing in left field, Fuld made a pair of web gems, first throwing out Troy Tulowitzki in the second inning and then robbing Kevin Pillar of a hit in the fifth with a tremendous diving catch.
"It's amazing," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "There was at least one ball when it was hit I didn't think he had any chance at. Whether it's left, whether it's center, whether it's right, he's one of the premier defenders in the league at any position."
Fuld's missile of a throw to catcher Stephen Vogt in the fifth clocked in at 89.1 mph, per Statcast™, giving the A's their second out of a messy inning. Starter Aaron Brooks, on the mound for it, didn't dismiss its significance despite the ensuing sequences.
Brooks allowed eight runs total, five of them in Toronto's seven-run second.
"It was big for me there," Brooks said. "Obviously it didn't really change the game too much, but coming up with the great throw there, definitely good defense tonight."