The Buffalo Bisons will face the same Pawtucket team but a new manager this evening (7:00, WGR) in the deciding game of their three-game Triple A Alliance series.
Ed Nottle, who has managed Pawtucket since 1986, was fired Tuesday night after the Red Sox scored a 3-2 win over the Bisons on Tim Naehring's RBI single in the 10th inning.
Former Boston Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky was named Pawtucket's new manager. The 69-year-old Pesky managed the Bosox in 1963-64.
Ed Kenney Jr., director of minor league operations for Boston, made the announcement ironically after Pawtucket (30-43) played one of its better games of the season.
Though Naehring had the game-winning hit, it was first baseman Mo Vaughn who gave him the chance to bat in the 10th. Vaughn crushed a 91 mph Mike Roesler pitch for a game-tying, two-run home run to deep center field in the eighth.
Vaughn's blast, his eighth, offset solo Bison homers by Steve Kiefer (his seventh) in the fifth and by Mark Ryal (his seventh) in the seventh.
Bison ace Dorn Taylor had a perfect game for 4 2/3 innings before Scott Cooper's clean single to center. Taylor (6-1 at home, 3-2 away from Pilot Field) went seven innings, allowing only four hits, in outdueling Joe Johnson, who gave up the homers to Kiefer and Ryal.
However, Taylor was upset by the three walks he allowed.
"I got a little tired in the sixth and seventh," he said. "I was trying to throw more fastballs after throwing too many changeups earlier this season. I was mixing them up well so they couldn't sit on one pitch."
"We didn't execute and the bases on balls hurt us," added Bisons manager Terry Collins.
Johnson spaced eight hits over nine innings before Daryl Irvine (1-4) replaced him.
One of the most frustrated Red Sox hitters was former Double-A Bison Rick Lancellotti who went hitless for the second night in a row. After Roesler struck him out in the eighth, Lancellotti then broke his bat over his knee in the fashion of Bo Jackson of the Kansas City Royals.
The loss cut the Bisons American Association East lead to 1 1/2 games over second-place Nashville who beat Oklahoma City, 3-2. Hugh Kemp (5-5) will pitch for the Herd tonight against Steve Bast (4-9).
The Bisons return to Pilot Field Thursday evening to face the International League East Division-leading Rochester Red Wings in the opener of a three-game series.
Meanwhile, the parent Pittsburgh Pirates sent relief pitcher Doug Bair back to the Herd. However, Bair, who has three days to report to Buffalo, has hinted he's not sure he'll report.