Bay Area Buzz 9/16: 49ers Overmatched, Pence Puts on a Show, A’s Sweep Rangers

Sep 15, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) shows the safety sign during the 1st half against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

49ers Overmatched by Seahawks

There was no shortage of electricity when two NFC heavyweights collided under the lights Sunday night.

In a game that was suspended for an hour in the first half to allow a lightning storm to pass, the Seattle Seahawks put together a dominating defensive performance to bolt past the 49ers, 29-3, and take an early one-game lead in the NFC West.

Colin Kaepernick, who threw for 412 yards in the season-opening victory over the Green Bay Packers, could not get things going against a ferocious Seahawks defense that thoroughly confounded, frustrated and overmatched the 49ers.

- Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area

Pence Puts on a Show in LA

The whirring you hear are hard drives in video rooms all around baseball being worked to the limit as players rush into “dig me” sessions, the term Hunter Pence coined for reviewing old home run swings to get players going deep again.

Maybe all the players should just review video of Pence’s weekend at Dodger Stadium, which will go down as one of the greatest power shows in Giants history.

When Pence started the series he had 20 homers for the season and no more than five in any month. He hit five against the Dodgers in four games to match his career high of 25, two of them against Edinson Volquez in Sunday’s 4-3 victory, which gave the Giants three of the four games in the series.

- Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

A’s Sweep Rangers

The A’s lost a starting pitcher and a left fielder Sunday, but they responded by bolstering their postseason hopes by completing a sweep of Texas with a 5-1 win in Rangers Ballpark.

When starting pitcher Jarrod Parker had to be scratched because of a stomach ailment, the A’s turned to left-hander Tommy Milone, who worked five innings and got the victory in his first start for Oakland in almost three weeks. Also absent from the lineup was cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes, who is bothered by a sore right shoulder.

- John Hickey, San Jose Mercury News

Topics: Oakland Athletics, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants

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