CSJ News: Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez lead Dodgers to NLCS Game 2 victory

From CSJ Staff Reports

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25: Clayton Kershaw (22) of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses during Photo Day on Friday, February 25, 2011 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

After the Chicago Cubs took Game 1 of the National League Championship Series in dramatic fashion Saturday night, the Dodgers sent their ace and former Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw in an attempt to turn the tide. Heading into Game 2, the Cubs had yet to lose during the postseason, so winning in Wrigley Field would be no easy task.

Turns out, all Kershaw needed was one run, and that run came from the bat of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez who hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning. Across seven frames, Kershaw allowed just two hits and struck out six Cubs hitters. Relief pitcher Kenley Jansen finished off Chicago with two hitless innings (and four strikeouts).

Both committed Christians, Kershaw and Gonzalez provide a special kind of leadership in the Dodger clubhouse. Kershaw sets an example with his missions work in Africa, while Gonzalez maintains a level of humility that comes from understanding that his identity is in Christ.

“Nothing is mine,” Gonzalez once told FCA Magazine “Everything is God’s. Everything is Christ’s. No matter what you do, no matter what you obtain, it’s all earthly. It’s not godly.”

Now tied at 1-1, the series heads to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4.

 

(Photo: Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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