It seems every time Ryan Howard hits a home run or has a couple hits in a game these days, everybody wonders if this is it?
Is this the game that turns around his season?
Howard went 3 for 5 with a double, two home runs and four RBIs in last night's 12-2 victory over the Nationals at Nationals Park. He raised his average from .183 to .195. He is hitting .275 (14 for 51) with six homers and 13 RBIs since he went 0 for 4 in Arizona on May 3 to drop his average to a season-low .163.
"Confidence-wise, I'm fine," Howard said. "It's just a matter of balls falling in. I have to keep taking it at-bat to at-bat and get the momentum going."
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