How many times before Buck got here would you see a crap play like we saw in the 2nd inning last night, followed by the starter/team immediately pack it in for the night?
Bud was off. No command last night. But he battled through and kept them to 3 runs (1 earned). He deserves credit for that.
By the way, you never throw behind the runner like Pearce did on that play.
I really don't think the double rundowns was handled that poorly until Manny's throw hit Beltran. If that throw is clear, he's meat and we get the out at the plate (though Headley probably advances to 3B). You can throw behind the runner, if he's running back to the base as Beltran was at the time (without having seen a replay since immediately after it happened). Typically you run at the runner and force him to make a commitment one way or the other. I thought Beltran was heading back to 3B when Pearce threw it, changed directions, and would've been meat at the plate if Manny hadn't hit him in the head.
After that, everything went to hell. Norris and Joseph both went for the errant throw, Caleb tossed it back wildly to nobody in particular, and there wasn't time to chase it down and get it to home before Headley scored.
Palmer was all over Schoop for how he handled his first throw, getting rid of it too quickly without forcing either runner to commit.