Albuquerque Isotopes

Ryan Howard hits long walk-off homer for Triple A Albuquerque

The "Big Piece" still has a thing for those dramatic blasts.

Let's just drop a few here that quickly come to mind.

In total with the Phillies, Howard slugged 382 regular-season homers and added eight memorable ones in the postseason from 2007 to 2011, a stretch in which the club won five straight NL East crowns, two NL pennants and a World Series title.

Howard is far from those days. At 37 years old, he's now playing Triple A ball for the Albuquerque Isotopes, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Entering Wednesday, he was hitting .200 with two homers, 21 strikeouts and two walks over 21 Triple A games between Albuquerque and Gwinnett (the Braves' affiliate).

But when Howard connects — even at this stage of his career — the ball can go a long way. He showed it Wednesday with a deep walk-off homer to send Albuquerque to a 6-4 win over Reno in eight innings to take Game 1 of a doubleheader.

That signature Howard home run swing sure brings back memories.