9/9 Hoffpauir's day
Micah Hoffpauir was able to smile after Wednesday’s game. He came into the Cubs’ series finale against the Pirates 1-for-9 on the road trip, and was batting .217 since he rejoined the big league club. In Wednesday’s 8-5 win, he hit a solo homer, a sacrifice fly, a double, and scored three runs.
Going down to the Minors for a stretch helped, Hoffpauir said.
“Getting away from it a little bit, kind of helps,” he said. “Getting away from the hustle and bustle of everything and being able to clear your head makes a difference for me.”
He broke camp with the Cubs and batted .314 in the first 28 games, but was .179 since May 22. His approach in the final month?
“I was going to have as much fun as I could in the last month and change,” Hoffpauir said.
So, he’s back. At least for one day.
“I felt really good at the beginning of the year and felt good today, nice and relaxed and slow,” he said. “Hopefuly, I can stick with that and remember how I did that today going forward.”
— Carrie Muskat