Hideaki Wakui was called up today in order to help bolster the bullpen and take over Enrique Gonzalez's role as closer. Wakui threw sixty pitches in the Seibu 2 Stadium bullpen on Thursday.
Wakui pitched the 9th in today's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines and needed six pitches to retire the three batters he faced. For Wakui, it was his first regular season relief appearance in his career (he did make a relief appearance during the 2008 Nippon Series).
Tomotaka Sakaguchi was benched today because of struggles at the plate. He did make it into the game as a pinch-hitter and ultimately went 0-for-2. That gives him just one hit in his last fifteen trips to the plate and six in his last forty-four trips.