After watching the Dodgers and Giants make trades this past week, the D-backs added their own hot-hitting infielder to make a late-season push. Arizona sent a pair of Minor League outfielders to the Astros for Chris Johnson, who should be an upgrade at third base. Johnson has hit .429 in his last nine games, and he has hit .279 with 21 doubles, eight homers and 41 RBIs this season with Houston. Prior to making the trade, Arizona's third basemen had combined to hit .230 this season and the team has control of Johnson through 2017. He went 5-for-13 with two RBIs during a three-game series at Chase Field last week. "He's had a pretty good season and he's still fairly young," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We see a lot of potential in him." Dodgers: Cruz riding 12-game hitting streak
Luis Cruz, who has been filling in for injured shortstop Dee Gordon, laced an RBI double down the left-field line Sunday to bring his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest on the team this year. Called up originally to give Gordon a day of rest, Cruz has played nearly every day since Gordon dislocated his thumb. He has provided solid defense and he has been swinging the bat well. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run in the Dodgers' victory over San Francisco on Sunday. "Right now, I look at him the way I looked at Elian Herrera when he was here," manager Don Mattingly said. "If he's part of the best club we have, he'll be out there. Right now, he's been great. He's the shortstop. I'm not downplaying him at all. I feel like I'm learning him as a hitter. I know who I can match him up with. He's been good, really, since Spring Training." Worth noting
Cahill is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings against the Dodgers. Young is batting .353 with three homers and five RBIs in 17 at-bats against Aaron Harang.