A cold, wet, miserable afternoon was perhaps a fitting way for the Yankees to close out their home schedule in a disappointing season, but they did manage to beat Arizona, 6-4.
It came a day after the Yankees were officially eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2016, when maybe a thousand sturdy fans showed up — though the announced crowd was 41,096, since it was a makeup of Saturday’s game that included an Aaron Judge bobblehead giveaway.
Those who braved the weather got a peak at what might be some of the Yankees’ future — Austin Wells, Oswald Peraza and Everson Pereira were among the young players that keyed the victory.
Wells homered in the fourth and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth, Peraza had a 443-foot homer despite the tough conditions and Pereira had a pair of hits, including the single that put the Yankees up for good before Clay Holmes pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
Aaron Boone said he was impressed with the rookies in the lineup in the eighth.
“It was good to see that kind of inning,’’ Boone said. “It was fun seeing guys execute like that.”
Wells said the newcomers are trying to make the most of their opportunities.
“Even though we’re out [of playoff contention], every at-bat matters,’’ said Wells, who has 10 hits since being called up, six for extra-bases.
Anthony Rizzo said he’s feeling “good, a lot better” after dealing with post-concussion symptoms that wound up ending his season in August.
“I think we just ran out of time to come back, but I’m definitely feeling back to myself,’’ Rizzo said. “I’m feeling a lot clearer and pretty strong.”
He expects a regular offseason and to be fully healthy for spring training.
“It’s a different mindset, but I’m excited for this offseason to get strong and be ready for next year,’’ Rizzo said.
He expects to have at least one more checkup to make sure he’s completely recovered.
“I don’t think I’m technically cleared yet, but I’m right on the verge of it,’’ Rizzo said. “I feel great. Everything is good. I’m back to normal.”
Rizzo has one more year on the two-year, $40 million deal he signed this offseason. There’s a team option for a third year.
Tommy Kahnle was placed on the 15-day IL with right shoulder inflammation, ending his season.
The move came after Kahnle suffered through a rough outing on Friday against Toronto.
Kahnle walked four batters and gave up two runs. Boone said the right-hander did not bounce back well physically after the outing.
He was replaced on the roster by Matt Bowman, who was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Kahnle, who signed a two-year, $11.5 million deal to come back to the Yankees in the offseason following his successful comeback from Tommy John surgery, also missed the first two months of the regular season with right biceps tendinitis.
After Aaron Judge said he intended to play through his toe injury even after the Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention, Boone said Monday that Judge’s playing time the rest of the way would be a “fluid” situation.
“Every day we’ll talk and go through that and see where we’re at,’’ Boone said. … Clarke Schmidt allowed two runs in four innings and is expected to make one more start this season.