Phillies: Top five moments of Ryan Howard’s career

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Tamp Bay Rays against the Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Howard at Citizen’s Bank Park during game three of the World Series in Philadelphia, PA Oct. 25, 2008. Phillies won 5-4. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Sporting News via Getty Images) /

No. 3: Two home runs in Game Four of 2008 World Series

Howard was a huge part of the Phillies team that won the NL East in 2007 for their first playoff appearance since 1993. Although the Phillies got swept by the Rockies in the NLDS, the Phillies reached the World Series in 2008.

In the first game of the 2008 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Phillies got off to an early lead on a Chase Utley home run. A third run added in the fourth was enough for Cole Hamels, as the Phillies won by the score of 3-2. Howard struggled in the opener, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

The Rays evened the series the next night, scoring three runs off Brett Myers in the first two innings and never looked back, winning 4-2. Howard had two of the Phillies nine hits, including a double, in five at-bats.

The Phillies led 4-1 in the seventh inning of Game 3 behind Jamie Moyer before the Rays tied the game in the eighth. The Phillies won the game on a slow chopper to third by Carlos Ruiz, scoring Eric Bruntlett. Howard went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the sixth.

Howard went on to have his best postseason game at the right time. Ahead 2-1 in the fourth of Game 4, Howard launched a three-run bomb to put the Phillies up 5-1. Ahead 6-2 in the eighth, the Phillies put the game out of reach with a four-spot. Howard was a big part of that, hitting his second home run of the game. He finished 3-for-4 with five RBI.

The Phillies won the game, 10-2 and took the World Series in five for their second World Series championship in franchise history.