It wasn't merely the breeze blowing in from McCovey Cove that gave the feeling of April baseball here last night.
It also was the performance of Jon Lester.
With the Red Sox requiring a pick-me-up after their day-of-game cross-country flight Lester delivered 8-1/3 scoreless innings in a series-opening 7-0 win over the Giants. He retired 16 of the first 18 batters didn't permit a runner to advance beyond second base and allowed only six hits two of which came in the ninth inning and cost him a chance to complete his fourth career shutout.
If you didn't know better you'd have thought it was a replay of one of his April starts.
"Coming out of the All-Star break he's been back close to the form he started the season with" manager John Farrell said. "And we're going to need that from him."
Indeed Lester is 3-1 with a 2.52 ERA since the break and that includes a six-run beating by the Diamondbacks on Aug. 2 at Fenway Park. It's reminiscent of his first nine starts of the season when he...