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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, JapanSTARS, AHD STRIPES TUESDAY, HAY 20,1997 "As & manager, fy" C3t ^F Iklpkss. That's one aftbe9 * Ik "^ i //worst sitmt&oms I've freen in." Colorado manager Hen Baylor on his pitchers issuing five straight walks/24. The Associated Press New York Hangers' Wayne ©retzlqp (99) watches Philadelphia • Flyers goalie @arth Snow make a rare save on Sunday. ~ gers tie series on y~S 1 i 1 * 1I -vtTpfrrlT'TT o noi" tnr^lr\JlLCuLJv.'y a lldUL ULllJv . «/ BY JOHN F. BONFATH The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — WayneGretzky /recorded his second hat trick of the playoffs as theNew York Hangers scored on five of their first 10 shots andbeat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 Sunday in Game 2 of their East-era Conference finals. ,, New York's vic-tory evened the best-of-seven series at 1-1, with Game 3 Tues-day at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers lost the first gamein each of their earlier playoff series but came back to winboth in five games. „ Gretzky, who has nine goals and six as- sists in 12 playoff games, in- creased hisNHL record of career playoff hat tricks to 10. The Rangersalso got goals from Mark Messi- er, who also had two assists,and Doug Lidster. The Flyers s.urely revivedtheir goalie controversy after starter Garth Snow was liftedafter giving up five goals, at least three of which he should see WiL, Page 3Q BY STEVEN WINE The Associated Press ^ MIAMI — The Miami Heathad the home court, the moj mentum and — most important Tim Hardaway. It was all too much for theed New York Knicks, wno served theirsuspensions, and now will sit out the rest of the playoffs. Hardaway scored 38 pointsand the Heat outscored New York by 15 points from three-point range Sunday to win Game 7 of the Eastern Confer-ence semifinals 101-90. The Knicks became only the sixthteam in NBA playoff history to blow a 3-1 series lead."There's no way to describe for metises. We justtf tf it," New York's Allan Houstonsaid. "It's disbelief. It's shock." 1} Miami's dubious reward willbe a date against Michael Jor- dan and the Bulls in the confer- ence finals beginning Tuesday night at Chicago."Chicago is the greatest team probably in the history of the game," Heat coach Pat ,Rileysaid. "We don't have the right to say anything, or the right to posture. We have the right to play them." Tbf Associated frtss Iteaf s Atomo Nouming, toft, tangle* with New York ^ Knieks* Patrick Ewing under the basket on Sunday. New York nevet recoveredfrom a Game 5 brawl that re- sulted in the suspension of five Knicks, including starters JohnStarks and Larry Johnson for Game 7. Guard Chris Childssymbolized the Knicks' frustra- tion — and lack of composure — when he angrily punted theball into the stands midway through the final period. Did the suspensions by theNBA for leaving the bench area during an altercation cost theKnicks the series? "I'm going to take the high road on that stuff," coach JeffVaa Gundy said. "People are going to makeexcuses for us. I don't think our players are looking for excuses. Our coaches aren't either. Wejust got beat today." The Knicks stumbled into theoffseason with their first three- game losing streak since No-vember. Despite acquiring Childs, Johnson, Houston andBuck Williams last summer, New York was eliminated in thesecond round of the plsyoffs for the third consecutive year. Hardaway did the most dam-age by hitting six of 10 three- Suzuki's The Associated Press TOKYO — Ken Suzuki hit three home runs in three consecutive at-bats, lead- ing the Pacific League's front-runningSeibu Lions to a 7-0 victory over the Chi- ba Lotte Marines at Seibu Stadium Sunday. ><&;; xSuzuki slugged the game's first home run against Mike Fyhrie in the third in- ning. He now has six homers this season.FVhrie, formerly with the Trifcle-A Norfolk team, gave up five hits and four Homers propels Lions oyer Marines •o , « JAPAN PRO BALL runs over four innings and took the loss, making him 1-1. > The Lions, now on a five-game win- ning streak, are 2& games ahead of the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, who beat the Orix BlueWave 5-2 at Fukuoka Dome. The Hawks' Kenji Jojima singled home • two runs in the four-run first inning. At Osaka Dome, Hideo Koike hurled afive-hitter and struck out nine, and his team rapped out 13 hits as the Kintetsu Buffaloes blanked the Nippon HamFighters 8-0. Koike is 4-2. In the Central League, Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit a home run in the first inning and Tetsuro Kawajiri scattered eight hits as the Hanshin Tigers blanked thefront-running Yakult Swallows 1-0 a| Koshien Stadium. Shinjo has four homers and Kawajiriis2-4. The Swallows still are four games ahead of the Chunichi Dragons, the Hi- roshima Toyo Carp and the Yokohama BayStars, all tied) for second place. At Tokyo Dome, former Seattle Mari- ners player Alonzo Powell doubled home two runs in the first inning and Leo Go- mez belted a home run in the two-run fourth as the Dragons trounced the Yo-rniori Giants 9-1. Gomez, formerly with the Chicago Cubs, has nine homers, At Yokohama, the Baystars rapped out12 hits, including a home run by Takuro Ishii, and beat the Carp 8-2. * & ;