Where Do Howard's Big Pieces Fit?

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Ryan Howard hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday against the Mets. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Ryan Howard's game-winning home run Wednesday night, was just the second time in his career that he hit a homer in the ninth inning or later that took the Phillies from a deficit to a lead. The first was a a two-run homer off Yhency Brazoban in the bottom of the 10th inning of a game the Phillies trailed to the Dodgers, 4-3, on July 19, 2005 at Citizens Bank Park (see photo at left).

The homer was the 148th of his 297 career homers (almost exactly half) that have either put the Phillies ahead (113) or tied the game (35).

Wednesday's clutch hit was also the third homer in history to put the Phillies ahead in a game against the Mets when they were one out away from defeat (Jose Cardenal, 1978; a Bo Diaz grand slam down 3 in 1983).

Below is a detailed look at Howard's 297 career home runs broken down by score and runs generated by the homer. The green boxes indicate HRs that put the Phils ahead, yellow boxes indicate HRs that tied the game.

 Phillies'
 Margin
   Solo 
 HRs 
   2-Run 
 HRs 
   3-Run 
 HRs 
   Grand 
 Slams 
   Total 
 HRs 
 Ahead 13      1     1 
 Ahead 9    1       1 
 Ahead 8  3   2       5 
 Ahead 7  3       1   4 
 Ahead 6    1     1   2 
 Ahead 5  2   1   3     6 
 Ahead 4  6   1   1   1   9 
 Ahead 3  8   4   3     15 
 Ahead 2  16   7   1     24 
 Ahead 1  17   15   3   1   36 
 Tied  31   36   16   2   85 
 Behind 1  26   18   4   3   51 
 Behind 2  9   4   2     15 
 Behind 3  7   6   4   1   18 
 Behind 4  2   4     1   7 
 Behind 5  3   1   1     5 
 Behind 6  2   2       4 
 Behind 7  1   1   1     3 
 Behind 8  1   3       4 
 Behind 10  1         1 
 Behind 11      1         1 
   Totals 139   107   40   11   297 

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