Kahnle entered Saturday's game with one out and two men on in the seventh inning and induced an inning-ending double play in a 5-2 win over Toronto. Kahnle went on to pitch the eighth inning as well, striking out two to finish off a scoreless 1.2 innings for his seventh hold of the season. The 27-year-old right-hander has emerged as the high-leverage option for manager Rick Renteria, who hasn't had Nate Jones (elbow) since early May. With 48 strikeouts over 28.1 innings, Kahnle is looking like an effective setup man who won't be dislodged from his current role when Jones returns.
Kahnle struck out one over a scoreless inning in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Orioles. With injuries to several relievers, including setup man Nate Jones (elbow), Kahnle has emerged as a reliable arm out of the pen for manager Rick Renteria. Chicago's bullpen, which ranks sixth with a 3.54 ERA, hasn't missed a beat as guys like Kahnle and Anthony Swarzak have stepped up to take on high-leverage roles. In 11 outings since allowing home runs in consecutive appearances in mid-May, Kahnle has permitted one run on six hits and two walks while striking out 18 over 11.1 innings. If Jones' elbow injury lingers and the White Sox eventually trade closer David Robertson, Kahnle could be in line for save opportunities.
Kahnle allowed a solo home run over 1.1 innings in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Padres. Kahnle was on the hill for the seventh and eighth innings with the White Sox ahead but picked up a blown save when he surrendered his first home run of the season. He's been otherworldly out of Chicago's bullpen so far and earned a chance to pitch high-leverage situations like Saturday's. He'll continue to pitch in these types of situations while manager Rick Renteria manages a pen without Nate Jones (elbow), Zach Putnam (elbow) and Jake Petricka (back), and he may supplant them for setup work if his run continues.
Kahnle worked around one walk to pitch a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's 8-3 win over Kansas City. As injuries have hit the White Sox's bullpen, relative unknowns like Kahnle and Anthony Swarzak have filled in capably. With the latest injury felling setup man Nate Jones (elbow), Kahnle is a realistic replacement as the eighth-inning bridge to closer David Robertson. The fire-balling right-hander has allowed one run and struck out 19 over 10 innings.
Kahnle struck out all three batters faced in the eighth inning of Saturday's 6-4 extra-inning win over the Tigers. With the White Sox holding a two-run lead entering the eighth inning, that's a spot normally reserved for Nate Jones. However, he was unavailable after pitching three times in the previous four days, so manager Rick Renteria went to Kahnle, who has been fantastic since being called up. After Saturday's performance, he has 19 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA over nine innings. Jones remains the preferred choice to set up closer David Robertson, but Kahnle has worked his way into a key seventh-inning role in close contests while Chicago is without the services of Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam.