May have been a hit and run - without the hit part - I don't particuarly hate it - move him to second, a hit scores a run
Maybe. Soriano didn't score from second on Zimmerman's hit.
Also, Willis' pitch count is already threw the roof, after one inning. If Kearns doesn't attempt the steal (or hit and run) and Escobar gets a hit, Willis will have to throw even more pitches.
With 2 outs and a runner at first, it would be just as good to force Willis to throw extra pitches.